Saturday, August 7, 2010


by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Why is it we dream?  Unfinished business at the end of the day?  And why do we sometimes dream bad things?

I had a dream Leann was mad at me.  I don't even know why she was upset, but she yelled at me and it made me cry, and then she pinched me!  Hard.  More than once!  We were at some mystery conference, carrying our manuscripts around in big white binders, and moved to sit in some out of the way alcove.  She sat on one love seat and I sat on another.  And then, from out of nowhere came Andrea Bocelli (who wasn't blind) and he started singing a cappella that Phil Collins song, "You'll Be In My Heart."  All of a sudden the place was full of people and we all joined in on the chorus.  But then, as he went to start in on the next verse, someone called out and started criticizing his singing.

Come on--this is Andrea Bocelli and his singing happened to have been wonderful.  I told him he should do the song on his next album, but he said his producer didn't want him to do covers.  Go figure!

And then my cat Bonnie started meowing (although actually she says GOW! in a really loud voice) and woke me up.

Okay, is Leann mad at me?  No!  (Or at least, I don't think so).  But she's been missing from my life for weeks while she's been finishing her latest book.  She's worked so hard and cut out a lot of socializing on the net to get the book done.  My subconscious must've been thinking she was mad at me because I've missed her.  (But did you have to pinch me so hard, Leann? : )   )  I do keep all my manuscripts in white binders.

So what significance does Andrea Bocelli have?  Well, I put his CD "Sogno" on the pile of stuff to hear last night, but didn't get around to playing it.

How about Phil Collins' song?  I heard it on the radio last week.  (And it's on the Celtic Woman "Songs from the Heart" which I also have.  No Phil Collins version, though.  Might have to download it.)

I suppose in a week from now I won't even be able to recall that a couple of ex-friends of my mine were in this dream.  People who drifted away 20 years ago.  (Haven't heard from them since ... although, I must admit, suddenly I'm hearing from a LOT of people I hadn't heard from in a long, long time.  Think that has some signicance?)

Okay, enough with me playing Sigmond Freud.

What weird dream have you had lately, and do you think it meant anything?


Andrea C. said...

Dreams are crazy and the older I get the weirder they are. A lot of times I dream about someone in my life but they have the face of another person(So I dream about a high school friend, but he/she will have the face of one of my co-workers). Strange huh? The brain really is amazing! I would love to be able to analyze my dreams - but I have to remember them for longer than the first hour I am awake!!!

Ellery Adams said...

I had a creepy dream last night about someone carrying a Copperhead snake in a metal bucket. A cat sat on the snake but as soon as the cat hopped out (unhurt) the snake got loose in the house. That swtiched to my mom and I driving vertically down a road into a sinking apartment complex in Europe. (!) I blame this on too much iced tea before bed.

Rural View said...

I dream about my mother and father quite a bit. Also snakes. I don't what the snake dreams are about, but my parents died years ago and I miss them. Simple as that, I think.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I wonder what my dogs dream. People say when a dog is dreaming and "running" in his sleep, he's probably dreaming of chasing bunnies or whatever. I think it's more than that. Our Chance, who came to us as a stray, sometimes cries in his sleep. Not the yip yip excited kind of crying but the whipped dog sobbing kind of crying. I think he dreams about his life before he found us and it was a hard one. I wish they could tell us about it.

Linda McDonald said...

Linda, I wonder what my dog dreams too. Sometimes she says "Woof! Woof!" very softly while she is asleep. She looks really cute when she does that, and it is never a loud bark...just a soft woof.

As for me, I have a very active dream life. Sometimes I am tired in the morning because I've spent the whole night dreaming crazy, weird stuff. Last night it had to do with being in a dance group (though I didn't know the dances) and we were in a foreign country that stated they will no longer teach evolution, and then we ended up in a huge church with Maggie Smith (from Harry Potter) as the head church member. After leaving the church I somehow morphed into Kate Winslet and was walking in a desolate part of the country and was almost attacked by a bad guy when "my" husband, Leonardo Di Caprio showed up and saved me from the bad guy.

Avery Aames said...

I went to see the movie "Inception" and felt like I was living one of my own dreams. Hugs, big scary dreams. Multiple layers. I walked out feeling drained of spirit, yet loved the movie. Go figure. Because I survived?

Helen Kiker said...

If only I could dream of great singers performing - I have more of the scary ones but try to quickly forget those.

Helen Kiker

Shel said...

I spent last night formatting HTML in my dreams. I've been editing metadata on a whole bunch of files lately, so I guess that's what inspired that. But I'm tired and cranky this morning, and not in the mood for what I had planned for today.

Leann Sweeney said...

I happen to know that Leann is NOT angry with you and that she gave up yelling--except at the dog barking for no reason--a long time ago. As for pinching? I leave such violent acts to my characters. And Andrea Bocelli singing Phil Collins? That's just weird, Lorraine. :-)

Heather Webber said...

I've been having strange dreams lately too. Maybe something's in the air?

I think your dream is saying how much you value Leann's friendship--in an odd sort of way. :)

Kaye George said...

I know several people who have had dreams more vivid than usual lately! I think it's the sunspots. Our TV keeps going blank then starting again. And some of my cell phone calls are not going through.

I had a weird one two night ago, but I didn't write it down and it's gone now.

I adore Adrea Bocelli! Next time you dream of him, can I be in it? Please?

Laineshots said...

My son, who has a gift of making sense of dreams, says that dreams are entirely egocentric, and to interpret them, we have to think about what each thing or person represents to us. Sometimes it unlocks the dream--and sometimes, they're just dreams!

Snakes always represent, to me, something I'm deeply afraid of (go figure).

Vickie said...

It's been warm in the house the last few nights and that always brings on the vampire dreams and not the hot Spike dreams I'd like, but scary ones where I am like Buffy and kickin' vamp buttocks, but then start to lose my way and energy. Thankfully I wake before it gets too out of hand.

Heather said...

Linda McDonald said: "I have a very active dream life. Sometimes I am tired in the morning because I've spent the whole night dreaming crazy, weird stuff."

Me too! I've been going through a rather vivid, active dream cycle lately that leaves me drained no matter how many hours I sleep. I had a series of such dreams last night that began with bording a crowded bus to cross all the way to the other side of the city. Eventually found a seat in back next to a friend I have not seen in years. She was with her younger sister whose foot was in a cast, and there were several other people also sporting casts. No idea what this means. Swear I have not injured myself recently, other than a bruise on one knee.

Another dream (same night) found me at a nursing home or assisted living facility to visit my mom (deceased). It was a long, stretched out facility and all the rooms flowed into one another. This one may have been influenced by the newsletter received yesterday from HospiceCare.

Valerie Consoer said...

I know I'm a little late in commenting on this post, but I just had to put in my comment. I have an extremely active imagination, which leads to very vivid dreams. I was just talking about dreams with a friend of mine the other evening. She told me that I should start writing down my dreams and get it published. I truly believe that I would be a great psychological study. I don't think I'll be volunteering, though.