Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Heads down

"Okay class, lay your heads down on your desks."

Close your eyes and remember what it was like to be a child in kindergarten. Lunch, recess, rest time. I remember peeking out over my arm looking at Vivian sitting next to me. She was looking back at me. Giggles. My arm smelled like little kid all hot and sweaty from recess. It was rest time. Time for the teacher to keep watch over us waiting until one of us cracked under the pressure of imposed inactivity. I think perhaps that is how I ended up in the corner. I'm sure it was Viv's fault.

"Do your preschoolers lay their heads down to rest?" I asked my niece Jobi, preschool teacher.

"No, they don't do that any more," she replied.

What do you mean 'they don't do that anymore'?! That was one of the perks of being a little kid. It was right up there with erasing the blackboard and pounding erasers. They surely don't do that anymore! When my granddaughter Gabby was in the lower grades, she was sometimes picked to go to the cafeteria with the class lunch count and to take the boxed lunches. So I guess there are still perks of grade school. But what happened to 'heads down'?!

Well, maybe it wasn't so special since I just thought about it after approximately forty plus years of not thinking about it. Maybe it just sounds pretty darn good now. That adult 'heads down and resting' that all of us need and sometimes crave. That yummy feeling when you are exhausted and just putting your feet up for a bit of time feels marvelous.

Workplace power naps are becoming more and more popular. Special chairs and rooms are furnished for employees. Productivity increases. I personally think the old method of 'heads down on your desk' would be more feasible, but who am I to complain. I take my book with me wherever I go away from home and make the best of 'feet up' wherever I land for a period of time.

A group of us met last night for dinner. The subject was brought me, of course.  The women all remembered rest time fondly. The men all hated it. They didn't like the idea of staying immobile. Nature of the beast, I guess.

It has been a long time since 'heads down'. Still I think it does the body good.

1 comment:

  1. It's been a long time since it heard "heads down". I always thought of it as a nice little break!