Friday, September 7, 2012

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream!

Last night I had the strangest dream...It seems like I've been saying that a lot lately. For the past couple of years I have been having a hard time sleeping. I've had a hard time falling asleep and then I'd toss and turn and wake up every hour. Obviously there wasn't a lot of dreaming going on. I missed that. I missed those dreams. I have a history of having vivid and realistic not just dreams, epics. I would start a dream and it would toss and tumble and turn and evolve into different dreams throughout the night. When I woke up I felt refreshed and entertained, as if I had just finished a great movie or novel. Anyway, they're finally back. Thanks to regular nightly administration of Melatonin, my colorful night time adventures are back on track.

The "Real" Jay
Last night I dreamed I was being over taken by aquarium animals. I think it all began with me checking on our current tortoise Jay. Jay is real, and is actually Christian's tortoise, but he got evicted from the dorm early last year, so Grandma got a tortoise...which Logan loves by the way. Anyway, in my dream I was checking on Jay and unpacking boxes from our recent move (7 years ago). I pulled another aquarium out of the box that had been packed up from the previous house. I must stop here and tell you I was actually unpacking in the previous house, so the rest of this dream took place in our old house in Georgia. Anyway, in the other aquarium was a dead turtle and a dead little alligator????? I know. I guess I packed them up for the move and forgot all about them. They looked pretty good for being dead 7 years, so for some reason I just filled their aquarium up with water, and VOILA 30 minutes later I had a baby alligator and a turtle that had quadrupled in size (the turtle not the alligator thank God).

Now that I had been blessed with freeze-dried-insta-pets, aquariums and animals started showing up all over the house. I had one with an alligator which a bird flew into and was being devoured, one with hamsters who were eating each other, and one with tiny red, purple, and blue baby elephants, which I worried weren't getting enough nutrition. I could have fed them the hamsters but I think they were vegetarians. Anyway, there were aquariums and animals everywhere.

I believe in the significance of dreams. So what does this crazy dream mean? In my experience I have learned that I incorporate the encounters of the day, or some of my current worries, into my dreams. I use them to sort and file away the things I have done, so as not to carry them around with me I guess. So why this dream? Am I feeling angst about having to care for so many animals or people? Am I worried about Jay, or the alligator and elephant populations? Has there been too much talk of Alabama football in my house? Am I repressing anger about all of the animals that the kids have left behind? I have no idea. I think I was just thinking about Jay when I went to sleep, wondering if he got fed, and God only knows where the alligators came from. I do think there has been WAY too much attention to Alabama football in this house, but since the season just started, that's not going to change unless I kick Big Al out of bed...hey, maybe he bought the miniature elephants...anyway, I'm just glad I have my dreams back. I love my dreams. I love my entertainment, but most of all, I love my sleep. Have a great day everyone.

1 comment:

Erica Morton said...

Love this! I, too, love epic dreams and have found they occur less and less as I get older. I had one recent in which a miniature elephant was rampaging my house and I had to decide if I was going to kill it. strange, huh?