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Nap time:  Kelly is always so restless he keeps himself and anybody nearby awake.  I usually sit next to him which keeps him still and at least allows everyone nearby to go to sleep.  Today I sat down beside his pallet.  Kelly crossed his arms, “I’m not nappeding!”  He announced.

I said, “Okay,” and went about removing his shoes and tucking his blanket around him.

He turned to watch tv — Sesame Street.  “I’m not sleeping,” he said again.

“You don’t have to,”  I said while gently patting his back.

Within minutes the children on either side of him were asleep.  Kelly looked at each of them, then told me,  “I’m not sleeping!”

“All right,” I said.  I continued to pat his back.  Kelly settled in to watch Little Elmo learn to bowl.  I continued patting.

Kelly grabbed my hand and pulled.  He tucked my fingers under his cheek.  “Not nappeding,” he mumbled.

“I know,” I told him, and stroked his forehead with my other hand.  One …, two  …, three ….  ZzzzzNap!

Then I moved over and sat next to David, took his feet off the wall, removed his shoes and tucked his blanket around him.  He crossed his arms and glared at me.  “I not nap!” He insisted.

“You don’t have to,”  I said while gently patting his back ……

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. You must have the patience of “Job”, or you are just a very special person and God has given you a special task to teach the children when they are young to Love one another

  2. Brian — that’s why you have Diane.

    Pauline — the rainbow came out three days ago. Nary a drop of rain since.

    Jill — yep. That’s how it works.

    Melli — I am sure Kelly will learn to resist my wiles.

    Bill — I don'[t try to teach them to love one anthoer. I am happy to settle for, Thou shalt not kill.

    Nessa — so it appears, but it doesn’t work everyday!

    Polona — wish it worked on OC. He is a major insomniac.

    Brig — no, I’m Charlene. Sheesh!

  3. I think I need to fly you to Australia to put Elijah to sleep at night. It’s taking two hours from bed time to actual falling asleep at the moment. Grrr.

  4. I’ve told you that you could solve that by rocking him to sleep with a real rock. Of course, that method tends to have nasty side-effects, so I don’t use it myself.

  5. Donna — I post almost everyday. You visit once or twice per month. You miss stuff — some of it better than others. Still, when you aren’t around I assume it is because you have a life!

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