“Do you dream often? Do you remember your dreams?”

Actually, I think I do dream pretty often, but usually when I wake up I can’t remember them. I dreamed more when I was still working. I remembered the dreams better too. In most of them I had done something that could negatively affect my students. In one that I remember I was late to school, and everyone was running around trying to find me. I imagine this was just a reaction to stress. I really wanted to do my best for my students so I was my own worst critic.

I have had a recurring dream throughout the years. For a long time I imagined myself walking into a two story home with no lights on. It was night, and I pushed the door open and went on in. Thin, sheer curtains were blowing on the landing because a window was open. Behind me a couple of doberman dogs passed me and ran up the stairs. I tried a door on the first floor and entered a laboratory. And there the dream ends. Nothing scary happens, and I never know what was in the lab or where the dogs went. Oh well. I haven’t dreamed it in years now.

I do remember one dream I had not too long ago that scared me silly. I still don’t like to think about it. In the dream I had taken a shower, turned off the bathroom light and walked into my bedroom. All the lights were on even though my husband had already gone to bed.Then I saw a young child standing at the foot of the bed. He looked at me with a malignant expression that chilled me. So I decided to throw him down the stairs. The dream ended with the two of us struggling. I can’t forget it because of the child’s expression. My heart was pounding when I woke up. And just for the record, I don’t usually throw children down the stairs.

Like our Monday Fox, I’ve always spent a lot of time daydreaming, and many of my stories came straight from those daydreams. My son who is an excellent writer told me recently that he daydreams often. I don’t care if I never have another dream while sleeping, but I’d sure hate to lose my daydreams.

What about you? Do you have a dream that you remember because it was so awful or so wonderful? Do you daydream often?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to Dreams.

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    your dream about entering that spook house?
    You’re a lot braver than I am… I wouldn’t set foot in that place!
    In your dream about tossing the malevolent kid down the stairs, I’ll bet an analyst would suggest the image of the evil-looking “kid” actually represented the negativity of school bureaucracy or the hostility of a principal or colleague.


  2. I only had one kind of recurring dream in my life, and I stopped them by confronting part of it in reallife. I don’t know if I can share it, though.
    This week has given me a lot to think about.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Both of your dreams would scare me! I wouldn’t believe for a minute that you could ever throw a child down the stairs, but as Jeff observed, the child in your dream was probably representing someone or something in your life that you needed to get rid of.

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