Wednesday, September 14, 2022


Night. We were watching TV downstairs. All the lights were off upstairs. 11:30: the doorbell rang. What? We walked upstairs together, turned on the porch light, and opened the inside door. A boy stood on the other side of the storm door, three feet tall, roundish, wearing a mask. Elaine said that his parents had locked him out of the house because he hadn’t done his math homework. “Do you want us to call the police for you?” I asked. “No,” he said. “Okay,” I said, and we closed the door.

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[Likely sources: While on a walk last week, we found a boy, maybe two years old, alone in a driveway, wearing only a diaper, standing next to a pickup truck. His hands were filthy from the tires. We rang the bell and the boy’s mother came to the door: “His dad was in the truck.” Also: watching Dead of Night (1945), in which the arrival of an unexpected guest is a plot element. This dream doesn’t show me in a kindly light. In waking life I would open the door.]

comments: 2

Sean Crawford said...

I like how you don't put a big signpost, "Dream coming up." It's more like a dream that way.

In my own dreams I do stupid things if I am nervous about something coming up in real life. Then I wake up feeling small and have a chance to figure out what I'm nervous about, and what action I can take. And remind myself that I'm not stupid in real life.

Michael Leddy said...

I think it’s more fun to read that way. But the dream tag is always there.

I think dreams are sometimes a form of self-instruction, as you describe.