I Dream of Dreaming…

Why do we dream what we dream?
Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night, bolt upright as the cold air hit your sweat-drenched body and realized you just had a nightmare? I have.

In one of my recurring dreams, I am late for a final exam, only I never attended class. The location is always very sketchy and my transportation usually includes an unreliable, wrecked car which I steer from the back seat. The road ends in a construction site complete with huge orange netting and striped cones of the same vibrant color.  The problem is that from my awkward position, I cannot hit the brakes!  While attempting to climb into the front seat, I gaze in horror beyond the ripped up road at a perilous cliff and then the car speeds up. Just as I am about to take a dive off the precipice, I wake up.

Once, I manipulated the test anxiety dream and miraculously got there on time complete with notes in my pocket which the professor let me use. The nightmares ended for years, but they are back…

Other Dreaded Nightmares:
Neglect Dreams –

A monstrous aquarium was left in my care, but I hadn’t fed the fish in months. While examining the green algae-filled tank, I discovered only one giant fish remained!fish in dreams

One night I dreamt that I had a newborn, but with no previous memory of it. I became frantic while sprinting from room to room trying to find baby bottles and diapers. Finally after locating them, I couldn’t remember where I left the baby!

Dreams of Horror –

My teeth began to fall out. They were like round stones rolling around inside my mouth that I spat into the palm of my hand.

Running from Imminent Death –

I tried to escape from a madman in what seemed like the thickest of black mud while the knife-wielding pursuer closed in. As he pounced on me from behind, I woke up with a pounding heart.

Inappropriate Attire Dreams –

The discovery that I was walking around naked in the grocery store was so embarrassing. I dashed through the frozen food section and yanked red pizza boxes from the glass case to cover myself! Then I looked around to see if anyone noticed.

Where does all this craziness come from?

While pouring my first cup of coffee the next morning, I remembered the stress dream from the night before.

I said to my husband Danny, “What a waste of a time! Why can’t I dream about something amazing?”

My Favorite Dreams:
pink skies

Have you ever dreamed you could soar above everyone? I have flitted through puffy white clouds with the bluebirds and cardinals until realizing where I was. Then I gradually lost altitude and was grounded. I flapped my arms and willed myself to rise again to no avail, but it sure was great while it lasted.

Breathing Underwater!

While on my ocean voyage, rainbow-colored fish swam beside me.

Being a Super Hero!

Why couldn’t I be the heroine in a great spy dream where I have super powers complete with super body? One night I dreamt that I attacked a gnarly gang of kidnappers. First, I broke into their ramshackle villa which was perched on a mountaintop. A few kicks and karate chops later, I released the hostages.  It was so easy and the rescued group was so thankful. I smiled and said, “Aw, it was nothing. Really!”

Sex Dreams!

Better yet, why am I wasting my time on any of those when I could be having a perfectly good sex dream? And if I am going to have imaginary sex, why not have it with a movie star? I have watched enough Jude Law, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt movies for them to seep into my subconscious. Danny has remarked in the morning that I must have had a pretty hot dream since I was moaning in the middle of the night. But do I remember? NO!

“Well, why didn’t you wake me up when I stopped? Maybe I would recall that dream instead of the stupid one about a final exam!” I roll my eyes remembering a flash of the orange cones from the night before. “Ugh.”

Do you have recurring dreams? What was your favorite dream?

All photos by S. Lindau

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  1. This has been a great read. Fascinating that, at times, we have similar dreams. I hate the classroom dream because it seems wrong to have stess in your life and your dreams. As for teeth, when I was younger, I had a dream about my teeth and I read somewhere it was related to gossip. I was a bit of a gossiper then, I’m embarrassed to say, but I don’t have it anymore.


    1. There are so many interpretations of them. It is hard to know what to believe. I agree about stressing. I just wish I would have amazing dreams instead!! Either flying, sex, shopping, spy, adventure or all of them in one dream would be fine with me!


  2. Yay! This is the most fun thing I read on Freshly Pressed since the crayons! Even though it wasn’t actually pressed. I’m going to go a little long, but in fairness, you did ask questions at the bottom. 🙂

    There are some dreams we all have… flying, falling, finding ourselves naked in someplace appalling (usually school for me). You can see from the other comments how many of us spit out our teeth (I grow all new ones)!

    Before I go on, my whole blog is mostly dedicated to short stories that either are dreams or are based on dreams that I have. I even wrote one about daily horoscopes. I started it as a journal but it quickly evolved.

    I think most of the dream analysis stuff I’ve read is crap. Anyone who thinks they have answers hasn’t been inside my head at night. I dream I am other people all the time, in other times, other places other languages. I’m not analyzing that!

    Neglect – I find it kind of freaky that we share the neighbor’s aquarium dream. Right? Because I basically don’t know anyone with an aquarium. But I had that dream.

    Running – I run from dogs a lot, one giant one in particular. Once I was running down a winding mountain road with a wheat harvester chasing me (possible I got this from Cars) and I jumped off a cliff to escape only to be confronted by the dogs. Whatever.

    Super Hero – I have a weird power where I run but it’s like running on the moon where there is almost no gravity. I can will myself to glide almost indefinitely before taking another step, and sometimes I use it to rescue people or animals.

    Sex – I wish. I’m totally with you on this. I was moaning? Why didn’t you wake me up so I could remember? I to get to kiss sometimes.

    So thanks for sharing this. Absolutely my favorite subject and shared the way I like it. Fun!!


    1. Thank you so much Anne! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Since writing this, I am still amazed at the crazy dreams I have had. Dogs usually can talk, but are very well behaved in my dreams.
      Thanks for stopping by! There are more wild blogs to come…


  3. i love dreams, my favourite part of the day is when i awake and try to remember all the weird thing’s that i was in my mind. thanks for sharing your great blog with us


    1. Thanks Jai! After writing that post, I really try hard to remember my dreams. They can be so weird and wonderful or completely terrifying!
      I hope you will stop back and check out some of my other wild adventures…


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