Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Should...Maybe I Should Not

Taking 'naps' sounds so childish...I prefer to call them 'horizontal life pauses.' ~Unknown

My aunt often tells me about how she used to nap when she was a young child. My grandmother would tell her it was time to nap, but my aunt would just keep doing whatever it was she was doing until she was so tired she could barely stand up. Then she would run to the couch and as soon as her head hit the pillow, she was sound asleep.

As an adult, my aunt would nap on Sunday afternoons now and then, but for the most part she has always been the kind of woman who could out work most anyone and keep going until she practically falls flat in complete exhaustion. Of course, now she may seem to be making up time and would prefer to nap most days, but then she is approaching 80 years of age.

Oddly, I seem to be changing to become more like her in the last few years. I did not really notice it. The change was kind of subtle as the Princess and I started working with the horses, but in the last few days as I have been gardening, I realize that I am doing more physical labor now than I have for years and I just keep pushing, perhaps because I have not yet fallen flat. Yet, just a little break can make me keenly aware of how close I might be to that point though.

Yesterday evening it began to rain. This meant all my gardening plans for today would be postponed. It rained throughout the night and this morning too, so I awoke with resolve to switch gears, doing more work inside, even a full day of lessons. I knew I was overly tired the last few days, but I just kept on going until the rain began. Then I began to really realize how tired I have been and also how little patience I have for a child who is only putting a half effort into her chores and lessons today.

I should get more done today, but my fatigued body in response to the damp, cool air is pleading for me to wrap up in a warm comforter and lie down for a just a half an hour or so, with emphasis on the "or so."

I usually fight such rare urges as I am not one to nap much, but I think I will just give in to this one today. Ah, yes, I need to just run to the couch and catch a few winks....zzzz. (Did I make it?)


~ My Lord, thank you for times of rest. There is nothing so satisfying as getting some rest when I need it most. ~

2 comments:

  1. Hey there missie.. long time no comment, eh? :)

    I have to admit that in the last few years I have become a regular nap-er. Several days of the week I lie down after lunch for a quick snooze... not long, only 15-20 minutes or so, but it refreshes me and sets me up nicely for the rest of the day. I love it. Only problem is that I can't *always* nap and on the days I have to stay awake it's quite a battle, lol. (I lead such a terribly difficult life, dontcha know! hahaha)

    Have a wonderful day my dear... I've missed you! ♥hugs♥

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    1. Diane, I cannot believe I am just now seeing your comment! I have been so busy that I have not even been on my computer much...except to work on the layout and design of the programs for a piano recital. I have missed you much also.

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