The Art of the Catnap


Let’s face it, 2016 was a big year for many reasons and it left a lot of us just a little bit weary. Now that 2017 is here it may be time to reconsider our priorities.

In the immortal words of Michael Leunig from The Curly Pyjama Letters:

Dear Vasco,

In response to your question “what is worth doing and what is worth having?” I would like to say simply this. It is worth doing nothing and having a rest; in spite of all the difficulty it may cause, you must rest Vasco – otherwise you will become RESTLESS!

The letter from Mr Curly to his friend Vasco Pyjama continues for another couple of paragraphs before ending with this:

So I gently urge you Vasco, do as we do in Curly Flat – learn to curl up and rest – feel your noble tiredness – learn about it and make a generous place for it in your life and enjoyment will surely follow. I repeat: it’s worth doing nothing and having a rest. 

yours sleepily, 

Mr. Curly XXX

And thus we consider the art of the catnap. I have been looking after two sleepy boys for the past ten days and they are very good at taking Mr Curly’s advice. I marvel at their ability to curl up and sleep at any time, or indeed to sprawl out and sleep, or nestle in and sleep, anywhere they happen to be.

Cats are indeed the experts at catnapping, sleeping up to twenty hours a day. Mr Curly would be pleased.

I’ve never been a good napper. It always seemed to be a waste of perfectly good daylight. But at this time of year I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that noble tiredness. Remember, we must rest, otherwise we will become restless. So let the cats be our guides as we take Mr Curly’s advice to curl up and rest.

Have a happy, and restful, New Year.



Author: Mary Lou Stephens

I've been a radio presenter, a singer/songwriter & an actor. Now I write books and live in paradise.

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