I have truly begun to see the value of the siesta lately. I think the Spaniards are on to something.
About 17 years ago, Ed and I traveled to Spain with a group of 21 students from Calais High School in Calais, Maine. Calais is a small city on the eastern border of Maine. Although most of the students were comfortable passing through customs to go into St. Stephen, New Brunswick, many of them had never made it to New Hampshire.
To those of you who think Ed and I are brash and pushy now, imagine how much we have probably mellowed in those 17 years! One of my favorite memories of that trip was from Malaga- a resort town in Costa del Sol. On the tour bus our tour guide was regaling the students with tales of this beautiful hotel where we would have the honor to stay. She made sure that we understood that it was a four-star hotel and that we should act with utmost respect. Soon thereafter we walked into the lobby of a once-beautiful but quite run-down establishment. While the students were oohing and aahing with a fervor that would have made Franco proud, Ed plants his feet in the middle of the lobby and questions with a loud voice, "Was that four stars out of one hundred?"
Alas, I digress.
The point of my story was that it drove Ed and I crazy that the whole country shut down for a couple of hours each afternoon. Sure it was hot, but we had paid good money to see Spain and were not happy about our sightseeing efforts being thwarted. Methinks we may be a little too Type A. It amazes me every day how well we get along. . .
But now, in my middle-aged years I am beginning to understand the value of having the noonday meal be the big meal of the day and then taking a nap afterward. I am way more productive with the rest of my hours and I only need 5-6 hours of sleep at night. This is especially useful on days when I know that the Lehi City Council meeting will easily go from 5:30pm to midnight.
Hey! Maybe we need a "siesta ordinance." Long live the siesta.