Theo goes to part-time daycare and like most daycares, the kids nap on little cots in the gym around midday. Theo hasn’t napped at home for almost two years so it’s an ongoing mystery as to whether he actually naps at daycare.
When I pick him up around 4, I always ask him if he had a nap, and he always says yes. The thing is, by 8 pm, he’s stumbling around exhausted, which does not jive with the nap story.
I think I solved the mystery today.
Me: Did you nap today?
Theo: Yes … [pause] … but … I didn’t close my eyes.
Me: You napped but you didn’t close your eyes?
Theo: Yes … [pause] … it’s too dark so I don’t need to close my eyes.
Me: So it was too dark to close your eyes? (Trying not to laugh)
So … [lightbulb goes off] did you sleep?
Theo: No. It was too dark.
Me: So you napped but you didn’t sleep.
Aha! moment: Napping does not equal sleeping – ding ding!
This is my 8th post for the September – 21 Moments Writing Challenge – 13 more to go.