I Wish I Could

I wish I could nap all day instead of having to work and mom and be responsible. I’m tired. I’m getting over being sick, and I’m tired. I’m tired of being sick and of being tired.


So instead of napping all day, I have to settle for a little time in the sun. I’m taking a break from the computer and lying outside with my eyes closed, pretending to be at some tropical resort instead of in my backyard.


I hear the rustle of the palm fronds. Bird singing sweetly. Little animals and lizards scurrying about in the bushes. The dog’s claws on the cement. Somewhere, a TV is on and a dog is barking.

I hear my own breathing slow relaxed. The sun gently envelops my face, warm. Spring is here. It’s beautiful outside, and I don’t want to get back up. I wish I could lay here like this all day.

My eyes are closed and I see patterns on my eyelids from the sun; dancing squiggly lines and dots the colors of the rainbow.

Was that my phone ringing? Never mind, it will be there when I’m done.

I hear plane slowly cruise by overhead. I hear the honk of a horn and a siren. I hear a hummingbird buzzing happily near her nest.

I wish I could record the quietness and play it on repeat in my office. It’s so relaxing.

And I hear the sound of bees. The low, dull droning sound of bees working away. A lot of bees. Oh shit, a TON of bees!

I sit up quickly and look around. I hear them, but I don’t see them. Are they at the top of the house trying to get into our attic like they did a few years ago? No, thankfully not there.

I look into the trees on the hill behind our house. I see small birds and a squirrel, but no bees. Where are those bees?

And just like that, my quiet time in the sun is over. I wish I could lay there like that all day. But with all those bees around, maybe tomorrow would be better.

Are you listening? A short piece of fiction inspired by the word "listen".I wrote this for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #3: I wish I could…

I actually wrote this yesterday after I laid down in the backyard trying to get away from the computer for a few minutes. I snapped the pictures too. Then this morning I decided to check on Mama Kat’s writing prompts and it fit!


  1. Darn those bees, ruining your moment! Love how you were so mindful of everything you were hearing. Take the time to smell the roses, as they say. Or hear the bees.
  2. What beautiful weather you're getting to be able to take in that fresh air like that. We should definitely make time for these sort of quiet moments everyday!