I have spoken before on the love affair that I have with my bed, the last time I crawled in and settled down for a recharge I began to reminisce. I can remember 3 great naps in my life; the first one was in high school, the second in college, and the last one occurred soon after I became a Mom.
My grandparents had a bedroom in their house (the middle bedroom for those that know the house) that was perfect for taking naps. It had one window so you didn't have to worry about the sun light rousing you before you were ready and the ceiling fan had this hi speed that created just enough wind and just enough sound. The other key element to this nap were the bed linens. The sheets were worn in, making them cool and satiny smooth, and the light weight floral bedspread kept you cool enough to snuggle deep into the bed. I had been on a road trip with them for the summer and we were enjoying the last few days of summer at home. We had eaten soup and sandwiches for lunch, O'pa had gone off to 'bowl' and O'ma was in her chair just resting her legs. If I close my eyes I can feel the cool floor under my feet as I head down the dark hallway lined with pictures of grandchildren. I awoke to the smell of decaffeinated Community coffee, and the sound of O'ma and O'pa discussing plans for the rest of the week.
I remember coming home from college for the weekend, after an early morning mass I donned my social club sweatshirt and faded boxers and joined my dad in the living room for a viewing of 'Two Mules for Sister Sara'. Mama had been roped into making our favorite chicken and dumplings so we knew we had plenty of time to watch the whole movie. I made a pallet on the floor and 2 1/2 hours later I woke up in the middle of "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon'. I remember rolling over and seeing the blue couch pillow with the red flowers and I instantly smiled...it's so good to be 'home'.
Cheetah has never been the best sleeper, but when he was a newborn I thought I was going to go nuts; sleep deprivation had me on my knees. One day I decided to try creating the perfect nap environment for us. I closed all the blinds in the bedroom, turned on the ceiling fan, and dressed in a comfy set of pjs. I bathed the boy and put him in the softest gown, said a silent prayer and slide in bed. Five hours later I woke up just in time to see him slowly waking up in my arms. It by far tops my list of best naps ever.
As I described each memorable nap I realized that they all had something in common. Each experience seems to occur at the cusp of a big change in my life. I was heading into my Senior year of high school, starting my Senior year in college, and getting my footing for motherhood. For me, the greatest moments of change all start with waking from a deep restorative sleep.