Last night Ethan had a nightmare. He woke up with his pajamas soaked with sweat. For a time, he was inconsolable. I still donâ€™t know exactly what the dream was about. He was not in much of a sharing mood.
I have always been fascinated by dreams, both my own and others. After college I would dictate the summaries of my dreams into a tape recorder, some pretty bizarre stuff. 40% of what I recorded was incoherent babbling. I wasnâ€™t always fully awake when I recorded my thoughts.
Anywayâ€¦Starting when I was about Ethanâ€™s age, I have had two reoccurring dreams. The last time I had one of them was two or three years ago, but I am sure I am not done with these dreams. So here they are:
#1 I am walking in open prairie. The sky has a couple of wispy clouds but mostly clear. It is a cool day. I am not wearing a jacket, but I have goose bumps. I walk up an embankment and there are train tracks running into the distance. I notice instantly there is a man tied down to the tracks.
I run up to the man to offer assistance and start untying the knots holding him to the tracks. Of course in true melodrama form, a train starts coming. I frantically try to free the man who I now recognize as Jesus (beard, robe, sandals). The train barrels down on us and it is clear that I am not going to be able to free him in time. Jesus says that he is very disappointed in me. The train runs him over and I wake up.
#2 I am in my childhood neighborhood. It is extremely hot. My friend Jeff Farris and me are playing wiffle ball in a neighbors yard. Jeff hits the ball across the street into the gutter, just by the sewer drain. I run across the street and nearly get run over. I grab the ball and turn to cross the street again.
Just as I am about to cross, a hand grabs my ankle from below. It is the Devil in the sewer. He is the stereotypical devil, red with horns, a tail, and a pitchfork. He is holding chains and handcuffs in his other hand. He jerks me so hard, that I loose my footing and hit the ground on my chin. He starts dragging me into the sewer and I wake up.