I've been thinking about pitching a tent in the back yard so that I can sleep outside while the weather is nice. I've read of many health benefits associated with sleeping outside, everything from kickstarting a more natural sleep cycle to eliminating anxiety. Since both those issues plague me at times, I'm considering a sleep experiment over the next couple of weeks....and I'm tent shopping.
This afternoon I decided to take advantage of the cool breeze and sunshine and test my theory. I slipped into jammies, grabbed a blanket and pillow, and headed to the backyard.
Now, some would think that sleeping on the ground would not be comfortable. But for me, it feels natural. I have always loved camping, and I am not a snooty camper. No cots, no RVs, no air mattresses: just me with a sleeping bag and pillow on the hard earth.
So when I laid down this afternoon and felt the grass crunching beneath me and the slight mounds and hollows of the uneven ground moulding against my weight, it was nothing less than cathartic. It took just a few minutes of listening to the song birds and my eyelids began to get heavy.
But then right as I was about to fall asleep, I felt this cool, wet snout rooting around my fingertips. Hammie had found me. I'm sure she was wondering what I was doing laying down in HER yard. At first, I thought she was just looking for more sunflower seeds. But as I reached out to scratch her nose, she whimpered a bit, then plopped down right next to me and laid her snout across my arm.
We laid in the grass for about 15 minutes, each of us snoozing off and on. She woke up a couple of times when the neighbor's dog yapped, but then she would look at me with her sleepy gaze and snuggle back down into the grass. Each time she startled, she would scoot closer and closer to me.
Ah, divine peace. I can't describe the state of relaxation. As much as I did not want to risk ruining the moment, at one point I reached for the phone to take a selfie. Yes, no makeup, and I'm laying at the worst possible angle. But so is Hammie, and she didn't seem to mind.
Yes. I slept with a pig, and I liked it.