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Caught Napping: 1942

Caught Napping: 1942

February 1942. "Midday nap at FSA camp nursery school in Harlingen, Texas." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Difference Between Children and Adults

Ask a child if they want a nap and they will immediately shout, "No! Naps are for babies!" Ask an adult if they'd like a nap and they are likely to say, "Really? Could I? Will you keep an eye on everything while I sneak away in the middle of the day? Gee, Thanks!"

But I'm not tired.

Two of these live wires will have none of this "nap" business. Not one of my four kids ever napped and unless they were sick, it was impossible to get them to sleep in the daytime. As adults in their forties now, finding time to sleep is a luxury and they all seem sleep-deprived. I, on the other hand, can fall asleep at a moment's notice, while reading the paper or watching TV which leads me to believe that old people probably get the most sleep.

 
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