Thursday, November 1, 2012

Raspberry Filling Women and the 40 Winks

Giuseppe Angeli 'Sleeping Country Girl'


Want to see a twinkle in the eye of a lady on the plus side of 50?
Brawny-chested men won’t put it there.
Chocolate? Possibly, but there is a more immediate craving.
Jewels? Vacations? A lifetime supply of Oil of Olay Deep Wrinkle Remover?  Is that the best you have?
Fuzzy slippers, an afghan and a recliner?
Oooooohhhh.
Now you are talking.
We don’t always want our pulses to race, our taste buds to quiver or our social status to elevate.

We want a nap.

Not a long one. Enough to release stress but not so long that we forget what year it is. Or which millennium.
Our sleep should be deep enough for little cherubs to do a happy dance in the corners of our mind, but not so deep that the cherubs metamorphasize into winged dust globules with digestive issues.

A satisfying nap will do a Raspberry Filling Woman more good than a shot of Botox, a shot of 5 Hour Energy or a Valium shot. It will give her brain a chance to clear, her creativity and energy a chance to recharge and those funny little wrinkles along her top lip a chance to relax.

We’ve been storing away missed nap opportunities for years and now, with kids a bit older, or some time off from work, we want to cash in on all the naps we pined for during our education years, our child-rearing years, our career building years.

The nap helps build stamina. It is good for our hearts. It helps make up for sleep lost at night because of demented hormones, a snoring spouse or a barking dog.

Ladies. Throw off the shackles of guilt, the fear that we’ll be labelled as lazy and libeled as slugs.
Stonewall Jackson, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, JFK, and Napoleon Bonaparte all benefitted from naps. They achieved greatness. And they are all men. This, my friends, is why women our age do not get the notice we deserve. We aren’t famous because we’re behind on our naps.

Let’s change all that, starting about 1pm today. Cuddle down, cover up, and snooze. Rise up, go forth, and change the world. A grateful nation may name an airport for you. Or at the very least, a dessert.

13 comments:

Robin Steinweg said...

I'll be happy with a nappetizer named for me.

It's the pause for a good cause.

Our neighbor to the south-west has it right: the siesta.

A little shut-eye. A power nap.

Just resting my eyes...

Robin Steinweg said...

Oh--I must have been napping--I forgot to tell you you're brilliant, Prude!

The Prude said...

Oh Robin. Your comments never fail to make me smile! (in a brilliant manner:)

Sue Vick Finley said...

You always put the prefect prospective on the weighty issues in my life. Oh how this applies and makes so much sense. Thank you!

The Prude said...

Sue, you are the one who introduced me to the whole concept of power naps over a decade ago!

Kim said...

Anita, you make me laugh!

Lori Lipsky said...

I wish I could nap. I just can't do it. My body adjusts quickly to the routine and then when I'm driving down the freeway at nap time it becomes a life or death struggle. I'll have to wait until I no longer drive, but I'm all for naps for all who can do it!

Wonderful piece. Wonderful picture. Love it!

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