Saturday, May 8, 2010

Nap Time is Sacred, Man

I have 5 minutes to get a blog post up and get to bed or I will turn into a pumpkin.

It was a busy Saturday, and out of all the stories from our day that I could share, I'm going to write about respecting nap time.

Yesterday I waited around the house for a number of hours expecting a contractor to come by to work on the toilet and sink in the master bedroom.  He never showed up and only called to say he wasn't going to be able to make it 3 hours and 45 minutes after he was supposed to be here.  That is just not cool.

He asked if he could reschedule so I told him he could come by at 3:00 pm today.  My husband was off playing squash and I had gotten the kids to bed for nap time.  I decided to work on the nasty patch of dead weeds in front of our porch.  I've had grand ideas of creating a garden, but haven't found time to start ripping everything out.  I decided today was the day and headed out with a shovel and gloves. 

At about 2:00 pm, a van pulls up and 2 guys get out.  I ignore them because we always have work guys on the street as our neighbors have been expanding their house since February.  But these guys start getting stuff out of the truck and walking up our front path.

I said hello with a questioning tone and they introduced themselves.  I replied that they were supposed to be here at 3:00 pm, not 2:00 pm.  They said they had managed to make it early and asked if they could start working on the plumbing.  I told them my kids were sleeping upstairs and that's why I had scheduled them to come for 3:00 pm.

So they went back to their van and waited.  When the babe and little guy woke up, I let the contractors into the house (they were both asleep when I walked down and tapped on the van window).  They had waited for about 35 minutes, and I was OK with that.

I was not going to mess up my kids nap, and if they thought I was a b#@%*, I didn't really care.  A few years back I probably would have just let them in even though it was an inconvenience.  But I'm glad I'm grown up enough now to stand up for the little things.  Because the little things count.


Mamabeing said...

Good for you Mama. Inspiring. Nap time IS sacred. Those dudes were probably happy to get a naptime themselves, anyway.

Kimberly said...

yes good for you!