l don't think anyone really appreciates naps until they reach adulthood. Most people think naps are for babies and small children, or that relative who falls asleep in a rocking chair at family events. It’s not until you’ve lived it that you truly understand the power of the nap.
When our girls were little, I spent 2-1/2 years finishing my degree and working an odd full-time schedule so I could pick two of them up from school a couple of days a week and drop them back off the next school day. As a student, there were a lot of nights where I only got a few hours of sleep. Hitting the pillow at 2:30am only to get up at 4:30am could be painful, but naps in the car rider line helped me survive. Those could be some glorious 30 minute naps.
When our oldest headed off to college her freshman year, she wasn’t much for naps. After one year, she told us how wonderful they can be. She learned the power of the nap early in life.
As I age, I’m beginning to understand all those “older” people I have seen just fall asleep at random. Sleep is precious and naps are fabulous.
What‘s your napping story? When did you come to appreciate them?