Naptime, an Obituary


(FLORIDA) — It is with great sadness and a tired heart that we regret to inform you of the death of Naptime.

Naptime was just 4 years old. She died of natural causes, peacefully, but not in her sleep.

The passing occurred last Monday at 1:34 pm when a certain 4-year-old refused to climb into his bed for books and a nap. He determined that “I don’t want to take a nap anymore” and that was that.

Naptime enjoyed many wonderful years of allowing Mommy & Daddy to sleep, rest, talk, watch a movie, cook dinner, “enjoy” each other’s company and mentally and physically repair from the occasional blitzkrieg of childish demands, drama, tantrums and obsessing over crazy details like why a speck of apple skin was accidentally left on the boys’ apple slice at lunchtime.

Naptime will be sorely, sorely missed.

Naptime will be replaced primarily by TV Time. Between the hours of 1:30-3:30 pm, a certain 4-year-old will dictate which television shows or movies he wishes to watch and his desires will be met. On days when Mommy & Daddy have extra energy, Naptime will be replaced by Playtime.

More than a time to relax and rest, Naptime provided Mommy & Daddy a chance for quiet, quality time with the now 4-year-old. Since Daddy works nights, it was a time for the whole family to gather, snuggle, read books, giggle, be silly and share a peaceful moment. Naptime became cherished family time that may be replaced but rarely duplicated. It’s where Mommy & Daddy introduced their son to Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle and countless other authors.

Naptime leaves behind a weary Mommy and an exhausted Daddy as well as an ever-energetic, curious and rarely tired 4-year-old. Naptime still has a tenuous hold on a 2-year-old who is wondering, “Why do I have a nap if my brother doesn’t?”

In lieu of flowers for Naptime, please send donations to the National Sleep Institute.


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  1. kapgar says:

    This is brilliant. But I’m never going to have to worry about it. I made a deal with the devil to ensure my son takes naps every day until he departs for college. If he never goes to college, he will nap until death.

    • Happiest Daddy says:

      Can you get me in touch with the devil? I’m interested in a similar deal…

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