Dear Afternoon Nap,

Four wonderful years ago we met. It was a cloudy afternoon, but you faithfully arrived like a ray of sunshine providing respite from the challenges of the morning — refreshing the mind, body, and soul for what lies ahead.

To my dismay, my son has decided to relieve you of your afternoon nap duties. While I am disappointed, I realize the time has come for you to move on. I am sure you will be welcomed with open arms by another family with a new baby, or a puppy, or an unemployed recent college graduate. Regardless of where you land, I want you to know how much you meant to me over the years.

I fondly remember that time when my son and I cozied up to read a cute library book we had gotten earlier in the day. My son ended up falling fast asleep in his crib. Afternoon nap, you must have sensed I needed a break because you lasted three and a half hours. I was able to finish eating my lunch, load the dishwasher, check my email, order some socks and a sweater from Gap, and take a shower. Afternoon nap, you were like and angel sent from heaven that day.

Then there was that time, afternoon nap, when you came early and surprised us in the car. You arrived during a time when my son was tired, out of snacks, had no Wi-Fi, and we were stuck in really crappy traffic. Thank you for wrapping your gentle afternoon nap arms around my son and helping him fall fast asleep. I was even able to hit the Chick-Fil-A drive thru without waking him up. Thank you for stepping in afternoon nap.

1 Corinthians 15:51 tells us, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.” Afternoon nap, our lives will be forever altered now that you have moved on. You were with us for such a short period of time, and those years were delightful. Without you, afternoon nap, our days are sometimes long, and at times, relentless. When 3:30 PM rolls around, the witching hour begins and chaos ensues. It is during these times I miss you most.

I know with challenge comes opportunity. Now that you have moved on, we are able to leave the house in the afternoon to go to Target or Costco. While at times nice, the consistency of afternoon nap was a welcome friend I will cherish.

I will miss you afternoon nap, but know you will forever be regarded with honor and reverence.

Stacey Zapalac