Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New Thing #109--Dream On

The room I use for my tutoring center is owned by a church. We use it four afternoons a week, and almost every night there's a meeting of some type there. I never know from day to day exactly how the tables and chairs will be arranged when I get there, so I always arrive early in case I have to do a lot of furniture moving. Today, things were exactly as I had left them yesterday; since my setup time was minimal, I took a power nap at work before the day started.

I woke up really tired today; I don't know why. I had been dragging all morning, and not even a cup of coffee was able to kick-start me. I thought that maybe a short rest would give me the energy I needed to make it through the afternoon.

There were about 20 minutes before anyone else would be there, so I went outside, sat on a bench, and put my feet up. The weather was perfect; the sun was warm, but there was a cool breeze blowing. I leaned back against the arm of the bench, put my arm on the top of the bench, and cradled my head on my arm. It wasn't the most comfortable sleeping position I've ever been in, but it worked.

At first I just kept thinking about all the sounds that were going on around me--birds chirping, a garbage truck backing up, and a power saw buzzing away. After a couple of minutes, I heard the playground bell ring at the school across the street, and I knew I had 15 minutes left.

I dozed off for a bit, but I jerked to consciousness when I heard a sound close to me. I opened my eyes and saw a squirrel sitting on the ground about a foot away from me. I don't know who was more startled-me or him! He took off running, and my rest was over.

The first person showed up right on time at 1:00. As I anticipated, the short rest I had energized me and I was able to keep going the rest of the day.

1 comment:

  1. Naps are the thing I miss most about college! A flexible schedule and comfortable couches in the library helped me make up for many an all-nighter. I don't think I could ever nap outside though.