The word of the day is siesta and I'm embracing the concept wholeheartedly. Siestas typically occur in hot climates, allowing people to sleep though the hottest part of the day and avoid the sun’s strong midday rays. Here in Texas we've been experiencing triple-digit temperatures. That intense mid-day heat really saps one's energy. An afternoon rest or nap taken during the hottest hours of the day sounds like a really good idea.
Being a curious person, I had to seek out the meaning and history of the word 'siesta.' It's from the Spanish and literally means sixth hour. Huh? Then I went on to read since the hours of the day begin at dawn, the sixth hour is noon, which is when siestas often start.
Siestas are common in Spanish-speaking nations around the world, as well as Greece, Italy, The Philippines, and Nigeria, to name a few. Even the Romans regularly took daily naps. But even before it became common practice in these countries, the practice was recorded in Islamic Law and written about in the Koran.
So, fair warning to anyone wanting my attention. Do not disturb between the hours of noon and two. I'll be out-of-pocket then.
I feel for those enduring that heat. I lived in Wichita, Kansas during their terrible heatwave in the summer of 1980 (without air conditioning!) I know how deadly that heat can be. Take care!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your concern. Most days there's a slight breeze to help alleviate the pressing heat.ReplyDelete