Monday, September 14, 2009

Naps are a good thing. . .



As a young girl growing up in the 1950's, I had a "nap time" every afternoon. Now my mom who was a stay at home mom (as many mothers were during this time) knew better than to mention the word "nap". She always said, "Let's go and get on the bed and read a while." That sounded much better to me than a nap. And so, we would pile onto the bed with lots of pillows and several books surrounding us. I remember to this day many of the stories we read. Many of them were Little Golden Books. One of my favorite stories was the adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy. Mother must have also had a book of poems because we read: Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene W. Field, The Duel (The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat) also by Eugene W. Field and The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. I can recite many of the lines from these poems by heart. Of course, it wasn't long until I was fast asleep as mother was reading. I attribute my love for reading , writing and language in general to my mother. I learned at an early age that naps are a good thing, and besides you almost always got to hear a good story or some wonderful poetry.
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today. I love to have company. May some good naps and interesting reading brighten up your days.

19 comments:

Judith Tetley said...

Hi Vicki...thanks for stopping by my blog. mmm...Australians have a "soft spot" for the song "Kookabarra in the big Gum Tree"...there is a challenge going on at the moment re:the tune from the song. Some say the song "The Land Down Under" has used the tune...I can't see it...but the courts will sort it out I suppose.
Your blog is gorgeous as usual!
Come by and visit again soon.
Many Blessings
Judith
http://creativestudio10.blogspot.com

Pauline said...

Hi Vicki, I used to have naptime too. Can't say I enjoyed it much, back then, it was a struggle to nod off in the middle of the afternoon. Now, it's as easy as falling off a log, anytime, anywhere lol.
Hugs

Cherished Treasures said...

Naps are a good thing !!! I babysat for both of my grandaughters before they started to Pre-K while there mom and dad worrked. They were both good nappers, at least 2 hours. Thank goodness, because I usually was in need of a nap myself by the time we finished lunch. Just another reason to snuggle with those precious little ones. Have a great week. Best wishes, Carol

Tammy said...

I called it "quiet time" with my youngin's...LOL!

One day we'll have to have a Rag Doll Blog Party"...love your collection!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... you always bring back happy memories for me too! We always had naps... and stories... sometimes, having the vivid imagination that I do, I would change the endings of the stories... of course, they all "lived happily ever after"! Mothers are just the very best, they always knew exactly what to do and with love...Thank you so much for sharing more sweet memories... I love an afternoon nap after coffee and magazines... Bisous... Julie Marie

Ana said...

Hi Vicki,
According to my mom, when I was younger, I was a big time napper! I grew up when "nap time" at school was still part of the school day. Mom says my teacher always had a hard time waking me up from these naps:-D To this day I love naps. I might not be able to take them as often as I would like, but I do agree with you, naps are a very good thing. Thank you for sharing such beautiful memories with us. Have a beautiful day.

Smiles and Hugs,
♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

Tanza said...

Hi Vicki,
what a sweet a story..I always LoVed naptimes with my children, we too, would go get books, or stuffed animals, and play we were reading and tucking them in for a nap.. Believe it or not, I would nap with them..when I felt rested, I would get up and up start dinner, or read a favorite magazine.. They would always say when they awoke, Mommy, "why do you always get up first"?! They needed a little more rest than Momma..such sweet times..thanks for sharing..
hugs ~tea~xo

Jennifer Froh said...

oh, how I wish for the days of napping again :)
Now, I'm in dreamland! :)

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Oh yes, naptime. I remember my mom used to read me bedtime stories. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Most of the time, my mom would fall asleep first, and I would lie there and look at her! lol I still love to take naps whenever I can.

Debbie

Lisa said...

Naps and reading are my favorites too!
Hugs, Lisa

koralee said...

Oh I so agree with you...nothing beats a nap!Naps and reading go hand in hand! Love your post today because I can so relate! xoxoxo Thanks for your sweet words you left on my blog!

Debbi said...

Hi Vicki---nap time---hummm I remember I went to afternoon kindergarden in the late 50's, and we had a blanket that we laid on the floor and took a little nap on! Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

Martha's Favorites said...

Love your mama memories. I think we all should take a daily nap. The world would be so much nicer. Blessings, Martha

junkdreams said...

Such a beautiful little story....I, too, have so many wonderful reading memories as a child and have worked hard to develop a love of books and reading in my own children so I really appreciated this story.
xojanis

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Vicki,

Such a sweet story! To this day when I read in bed it makes me fall asleep. I used to resist nap time as a child, now you wouldn't have to ask me twice!

Hugs,
Karyn

Christine said...

What a great story. My father instilled the love of reading and I'm sharing that with my daughter, I read to her every night at l least two books and to help her relax a little better we listen to a book on cd. I love this time with her and I know that we are creating long lasting memories!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a sweet memory! My poor sweet mama could never get me to nap!!

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

What a lovely blog story. I love reading about other people's past and their family traditions. I hope you still take time for a read and a nap......

Laurie said...

I love naps, too! Henry and I have spent some of our summer naptimes listening to books on cd. It's always a great excuse to snuggle with a kiddo :)