I prattle on about naps for a bit here so have a listen to one of my favorite dreamy songs while you read:
Y’all? This has been a busy week! (If that isn’t the start of a fascinating blog post, I don’t know what is.) And now it’s the weekend and there’s so much I want to do but on Saturdays and Sundays, I’m often seduced by the sweet siren song of an afternoon nap. (Sometime in the future when I have children, I’ll probably want to stab myself for that last sentence.)
Have we talked about our favorite nap scenarios? Mine is this: It’s a summer afternoon in a Virginia farmhouse like my Grandmama had. I’m in a tidy upstairs bedroom with a shabby chic feel. There are sheer curtains covering the windows so sunlight is spilling in the room but it’s soft and muted. The windows are open and a warm breeze is trickling in too. The bed has lots of pillows and a freshly-laundered sheet for me to cover up with. Abby is snoozing beside me and it wouldn’t hurt to have a snuggling partner, but that’s a different scenario. What’s your ideal nap-time scene?
And speaking of Grandmamas, I’d love to hear what you call your grandparents. We called my Dad’s Mom “Nemock” (pronounced like “nih-mock”.) I think that was a word my brother made up when he was little. We called my Dad’s Dad “Granddaddy,” which in the South sounds like “grin-daddy.” My Mom’s Mom is called “Granny” and we called her hubs “Paw-Paw.”
I was named after my great grandmothers who both had a unique name and spelled it the same way. We called my Dad’s grandmother, the Virginia one, “Grandmama” (but don’t say the “nd”) and later on “Grandmama Hoppy” and then just “Hoppy,” because she had buns in her yard. We called my Mom’s grandmother, the Texas one, “Granny.”
My brother and I have always called my Dad “Pa,” like “rah” not “paw.” I’m not sure how that started – maybe from Papa Bear? Anyway, it used to embarrass me a little, especially when I was a teenager, but now I appreciate how sweet and endearing it is. My Mom is “Mom” and I never really had a specific nickname for my brother (other than dumbass…KIDDING!) How about you?