I seldom remember my dreams. Unless I wake up during or immediately after, I just have no clue what they were about. I might recall that I had a dream, but not the details. I sometimes have a strange, fading image of something, and I feel like I knew everything about it just a moment before, but then it drops away, despite my attempts to remember, and is gone.
Last night I had a weird one, that speaks to how things that occur around us, even in our sleep, can be integrated into the dream, even as it is interrupted.
I don’t know the details of the dream before this moment, but here’s what I do recall:
I’m in a motor home, and near water. The water level is rising, and I’ve decided I need to move to higher ground.
As I make my way to the driver’s seat to move the vehicle, I hear a banging noise coming from somewhere. At first, I can’t tell what is making the noise, or where it is coming from. It happens again. Three distinct bangs. One more time brings me out of my sleep, to realize someone is knocking on my front door. By the time I get out of bed (about 2 hours into my sleep, so it’s taking a lot of effort to wake up), grab a robe and get to the door, whoever was there is gone. Why they didn’t ring the bell, I don’t know. Anyway, as I make my way back to my bedroom, and my comfy waterbed, I realize something else. I need to pee. Badly.
Apparently the rising waters were more than simply symbolic of something, but rather was my sub-conscious mind noting a biological imperative.
Knock knock knock gets interpreted as bangs, and a filling bladder as rising waters. Guess I’m lucky I only needed to #1… no telling how #2 might manifest itself!
The sleeping brain operates by a completely different set of rules, and, for me anyway, it does not seem to communicate very well with the conscious mind. Must be some sort of connection failure between sleeping Jimmiejoe and waking Jimmiejoe.
I suppose I’m lucky they speak to each other at all. I’m also envious of people who easily remember their dreams.
Many of those I do remember seem really strange, so maybe it’s for the best that I don’t recall them all.