Wilma Wednesday: Nap Time

Wilma in her bed

I decide to lie down and grab a nap for half an hour or so. I hate to unmake the bed, but not enough to keep me from doing it. I climb in, bury myself under the covers, and let my arm dangle off the side.

Someone licks my hand. She asks, “What are we doing?”

“We’re taking a nap, Wilma.”

“Want to come outside? We can nap in the weeds.”

Weeding, weeds and allergies might be the reason I’m tired in the middle of the afternoon. “I think I’ll stay here. But thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

I close my eyes. She licks my hand again, and I give a soft scratch to her chin. I hear her walk away, but not far. Her bed is on the floor nearby. She stops there to dig among her blankets until they’re arranged to her liking, then she plops down in the middle of them and heaves a dramatic sigh. In a moment, her snores waft upon the air with the soothing rhythm of a gentle chainsaw.

I don’t know how many winks we get, but probably more than forty.

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  1. chris - March 29, 2017 @ 04:19

    She definitely gets you!.. The only time my cat sleeps even remotely next to me is if its cold, or at night.. During the day she will give me the once over and go to her corner of the house.

    • Petrea - March 29, 2017 @ 08:05

      Wilma’s very loyal. If John had been home, she would have stayed up to hang out with him. But he wasn’t, so she stuck with me.

  2. Lowell - March 29, 2017 @ 08:11

    Cleo is my cat. Cassie belongs to Lois Anne. When I’m working in the garage, Cleo sits at the door and howls until I come back in. At night she usually sleeps along one leg or sometimes on top of my feet (which can be quite unpleasant). If I try to move her off my feet, she nips my toes. Your Wilma sounds much better behaved!

    • Petrea - March 29, 2017 @ 10:12

      No cat naps for you!

  3. William Kendall - March 29, 2017 @ 09:07

    A nap can be a very welcome thing, and it doesn’t hurt to stockpile a few.

    • Petrea - March 29, 2017 @ 10:13

      Thanks, William. That feels like permission, in a way, and I might take your advice.

  4. Bonnie Schroeder - March 29, 2017 @ 20:21

    Thunder prefers napping on the bed, using me as a pillow. Wilma has better manners.

    • Petrea - March 29, 2017 @ 20:39

      Don’t worry, we’ve spoiled her in other ways.

  5. Shelley - April 11, 2017 @ 02:04

    Must feel so lovely having her dozing nearby, Petrea ….

    • Petrea - April 11, 2017 @ 07:23

      She’s such a good companion.

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