I am legit falling asleep right now. So how fitting that today’s WordPress prompt and that one of this week’s writing prompts from Mama Kat are both about dreaming.
I have two dreams to share — I don’t know if I’d call either of them the best, but they’re certainly the most vivid… the kind of dream where you sit up in bed after you wake up and wonder if that actually happened or not.
I don’t put much stock in dream theory or whatever it’s called — the analysis of dreams to inform you what they really mean for your life…. but one comes up meaning big change or stress, and the other comes up suggesting that I’m suppressing creativity that wants out….. Maybe I need to get on writing that book?
1. I’ve woken up more than once after a dream where I found out I was pregnant and was faced with the daunting task of telling everyone I know that I’m a hypocrite. You see, some of you may already know this about me, but it’s not currently possible for me to become pregnant. Every time this happens, I don’t know who the Father is, and I have to explain to not only my parents, but to everyone around me, how I got pregnant out of marriage, how this happened, and what exactly I’m going to do. One pregnancy dream lasted long enough that I had the baby, and was raising it on my own. I had friends over to meet my baby girl, and a friend sat on my baby on the bed. I woke up in a sheer panic — “where’s my baby!? Is she ok!? Wait…. I’m not pregnant. I don’t have a baby. I don’t even have a boyfriend. Time to go back to sleep.”
They are the strangest dreams. The pregnancy dream is the one that apparently means you’re suppressing creativity.
The other dream I’ve had that is super vivid… is where all my teeth fall out. haha it even sounds ridiculous to say it. Apparently it points to anxiety and stress. I’ve had this dream more than once. The most vivid time I’ve had this dream went like this…
It was the first day of school (I had the dream at the end of summer), and I had spent a bunch of time prepping and lesson planning — ready to wow those kids with how awesome a teacher I was going to be (I switched schools and positions in September of this year). I’ll admit that I was quite nervous about the switch, even when awake. I was switching from teaching Grade 4-8, and teaching them French… to Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2… Science, Social Studies, and Gym. Nothing would be the same as the year before. As I stood (in the dream) in front of my first Grade 1 Science class, I sneezed. When I sneezed, every single tooth in my mouth fell out into my hand. I remember very clearly looking down in my hands at every tooth from my mouth. I tried to introduce myself to my new kiddos, and all I could do was gum at things. I woke up and for hours….. not kidding… HOURS…. I ran my tongue across my teeth to make sure they were all still there. I don’t consider myself to be an overly vain person, but I can’t lie, the idea of having no teeth is not an enticing one.
So there you have it — apart from a hallucination when I was a kid that I only vaguely remember (My fever was high. My Dad and best friend chased me around a circuit board armed with pillow cases full of rocks, swords, and banana cream pies. I woke up screaming…..), those are my two most vivid dreams — being pregnant with no explanation, and losing all my teeth right when I have to do something important.
I just really hope they don’t both happen at the same time. That’d be wretched.