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My Year of Crazy Nightmares: Dream #14
Thursday, August 11, 2011

As I'm now writing about in my memoir-in-progress, the past two years have brought much change to our family. During that time, our only child graduated from high school and left for college. Two months later, my wife was transferred from Fort Myers to Nashville. I went a little crazy -- that's what the book's all about -- and living in two places and commuting and all that change invoked a series of horrible but comical dreams ... dreams so odd I felt compelled to write them down. (Thanks, dear wife, for suggesting I do so.)

Here's one of them:

Dream #14: I'm unmarried with no child, and am living with my parents. We all three attend a mandated government press conference in which they explain that the United States has surreptitiously set up a colony on another planet, and if anyone wants to live there they have to leave right at that moment, never being allowed to return to Earth. My uber-curious parents, both of them journalists, are the first to raise their hands, then they turn to hug me goodbye. I panic. "What about all of your possessions?" I ask. "How can you leave them behind?" They smile and blow me kisses as they walk toward the flying saucer. "What about me!" I scream. "You can't leave me! I'll be all alone here on this planet! Mom! Dad! Please!" Someone pushes me backwards. I fall into a child's red wagon, and someone pulls me away.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not a dream.
It's as nightmare!

August 11, 2011 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Gena said...

August 13 and 14. San Diego. Andrew Basiago is conducting a seminar based on what sounds like your nightmare/dream. Check out the Facebook site.

August 11, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

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