Napping as an Olympic sport? My family could have won gold!


Some families may nap casually, but in my family, we took our napping seriously!  If there were a sport called “napping” our family would definitely have been a championship team.

The beauty of napping as a sport is that it requires no equipment (well, maybe a blanket) and can be practiced anywhere …

out in the open:

   a “team” of family members “practicing” at a park in the 40’s

   another practice squad at the same picnic  I have no idea why the cousin in front has a band-aid on his upper lip.  Typically there aren’t many injuries in this sport. 

(btw, I think someone should be checking to see what the little kid in the background is putting in her mouth when no one is looking!)

or under cover:

    Daddy in the 40’s “reading the paper” after work.

   A chip off the ol’ block 20 years later, I was “reading the paper” after work.  Hubby told me to “wake up!” before he took the picture.  Obviously, his family didn’t adher to the same “rules” for taking pictures of competitive nappers as ours did.  My family favored capturing shots when we were actually practicing our craft, i.e., napping!

   And the “sport” can either be practiced solo (my brother, Jimmy) …

   or in teams.  This team of Jimmy, Betty and Daddy probably didn’t get the maximum “style” points because Betty was out of uniform — no short black socks.   

While everyone in my family has participated in the family’s favorite “sport” at one time or another, there is, without a doubt, one all-time champion, Daddy!


Daddy could always sleep anywhere.  Confirmed by the fact that the pastor of our church told Daddy one time that if he didn’t doze a little during the sermon, the pastor worried that something was wrong — either with Daddy or with his sermon!


14 Responses to Napping as an Olympic sport? My family could have won gold!

  1. melodyofamom says:

    This is hilarious! You must be from the south…my husband’s family is from Arkansas and they are faithful to take their “Sunday naps”!

  2. Sandra says:

    Well, Melody, our roots are in Missouri and Kansas, and now I live in Indiana, but “once a napper always a napper” wherever we go!

  3. ElleBee says:

    Too funny! I can remember my grandpa napping in his chair, and when confronted, always said he was “contemplating the insides of his eyelids”! In my former life as a high school band director, I once took the kids on a road trip directly after a football game. I hadn’t slept for about 30 hours and managed to fall asleep standing up on the concourse at the RCA Dome!

  4. Hilary says:

    Sandra, you’re posts are never boring but this one is sleep-inducing.

  5. Sandra says:

    ElleBee — That line your grandpa used was one my dad used too. I hope someone got a picture of you sleeping standing up. I think that would be a challenge for even my nap-happy daddy! 🙂

    Hilary — Hope you enjoy your nap! 🙂

  6. Dina says:

    My husband has always been a huge nap advocate. It is one of the “sports” he excels at. We even argue about napping. When I’m crabby or look tired, he always tells me I should take a nap. My reply in a crabby tone is, “Napping is a waste of time.” I have always been anti-napping. I have no idea why…might have something to do with my stubborn streak. Anyway, the times I have actually given in and taken a short nap, I do feel better. Shhh…don’t tell my husband.

  7. Sandra says:

    Dina, your “secret” is safe with me! But you really ought to jump in with both feet and admit to your husband that napping really is great. Of course, HE already KNOWS that! 😉

  8. Chrissy Witt says:

    oh my I LOVE this! The pics are so cute and your post is too funny! I can imagine any given day at my own home, where someone is available to sit for a minute!! I call it the off button, when any of us are able to sit down and do nothing for a moment!! But I didn’t see any pics of Mama napping? Just curious! This is a cute post thanks for sharing!

  9. carlahoag says:

    Sandy, I just loved this one!

    I have a few napping photos; actually as I think of it, I have several. Just never thought of putting them together like you did.

    Joe has always enjoyed a nap and thinks it’s just as much a Sunday requirement as going to church. In my family we visited folks (usually relatives) on Sunday afternoons and Joe would sit in a chair and sleep while I chatted. He’s a dedicated napper.

  10. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — A very astute observation about Mama! She wasn’t immune to the occasional nap either, but since she was the one who took pictures, “the photographer” never caught her napping! 🙂

    Carla — Since we have both been raised with an appreciation of this “sport” maybe we should arrange to meet in Tulsa sometime and have a competition! 😉

  11. Sleepless in OL says:

    This is one of my favorites. Your wit and humor really shines through in this one. It was a treat to meet you. Had I seen this before we met I surely would have gotten your autograph…you rank with the Erma Bombecks of the world 🙂

  12. Sandra says:

    Sleepless — It was great to get to meet you and actually get to have a conversation with you! Thank you for being a “fan” — especially because at my age, life gets unexpectedly hot sometimes! 🙂

  13. C. Beth says:

    The picture of your dad “reading the paper” immediately reminded me of my Papa. I’ve seen him in that position in the recliner so many times!

  14. Sandra says:

    Beth — It’s a universal “pose” isn’t it? 🙂

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