Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In need of some dream interpretation...

Kittens, I need some advice.

Lately I've been having some really weird dreams...not necessarily bad ones, and no nightmares that have led me to suddenly awaken, gasping for air. But these dreams are strange, nonetheless, and many of them have recurring themes. Allow me to explain:

1. I often dream about bridges.
The bridges are very long, and a lot of times I have trouble crossing them. Oftentimes they're really steep suspension bridges that cross choppy waters. These bridges also have steel plates on the roads as opposed to pavements. If any of you live in Connecticut and remember the old Sikorsky Bridge that linked the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Sometimes I cross the bridge successfully, sometimes I don't. Most of the time I just keep driving...and driving...and driving.

2. I dream about driving through the mountains--big, tall, snow-capped mountains--where clean creeks and rivers gently roll by. There's nobody there but a few signs of wildlife.
This scene occurs often in my dreams. When I drive by I think to myself, "Oh my God! This is such an awesome place! I have to drive back here again!" And when the time comes for me to drive back again, I can never find it.

3. I dream about road trips...always the start, but rarely the finish.
I'm starting to get a little worried here...

4. I dream about a shuttle--a very dingy subway-type train--that only goes from my town to the town across the river.
The shuttle, if you can call it that, looks like a beat-up Metro North train that only has two cars. It's really gross inside, and only makes one trip--a trip from Middletown, where I live, across the river to Portland, which is right across the river. The trip originates and ends in really nasty neighborhoods. Last night I dreamt that it went to Hartford--first time I've ever dreamt that. Or was it New York? I can't remember.

Now what happens, Kittens, when all four of these recurring themes occur in the same dream? That's what happened last night. I also dreamt about a family that used to live next door to mine when I was growing up. I know why I had that dream; I had listened to Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" on my iPod last night after I had completed Jenners' meme, and "Glory Days" reminded me of that family.

In the summer of 1993, I took a weeklong summer nanny job for the family next door. My family and theirs were extremely close. I went to the Jersey Shore with them, Ocean City, to be exact, and "Glory Days" was the first song that came on the radio as we crossed the drawbridge into Ocean City proper.

The Boss and the Jersey Shore. Does life get any better?

Anyhoo, it was an eerie moment, and it was a time in my life I'll always hold dear. I think of them from time to time, particularly Christmas, when Mama and Papa Cat receive the annual photo Christmas card from their four kids. I personally don't have any contact with this family, but they talk to my parents often.

They moved from Connecticut to Las Vegas five or six years ago, and I haven't seen them since.

And last night, I dreamt that I went to Vegas to visit them.

I had a lovely time.

And I woke up, and found myself missing them more than I ever had.

The kids are grown now, for the most part. The oldest one's getting married in May. I never thought I'd see the day when one of the kids I used to babysit for would be old enough to marry. (I can't imagine what my reaction would be if she had a kid!)

So those are my dreams. If you have any thoughts or comments or suggestions, please let me know. Now that I've put my dreams in the blogosphere I'm kinda worried about myself!

11 comments:

blueviolet said...

I was actually starting to put my opinion on here and then just backspaced it all off. I have NO clue what the heck this means. lol

Jenners said...

Interesting ... I wish I still had my dream dictionary. Seems to me like they symbolize trying to get someplace but not being able to....perhaps you are feeling like you need to "cross over" to another part of life or something.

Or it could just mean that you like bridges.

drollgirl said...

hmmmmmmmm. i could be way off base here, but it seems you would like to move your life in another direction, and you are finding it difficult to do so. or you aren't sure which direction to head to. or the process keeps starting and stopping, and you haven't quite figured out what to do.

this isn't a bad thing. i think you just might be ready for more and ready for change, and you just might need to decide exactly what you want and make it happen.

Jodi said...

Very interesting. I think maybe it could mean that you have a decision you are thinking of making? A place you want to move to? Maybe all the winter talk we all have been doing is causing you to want to go to a warmer place or do something different?

Coming from Jersey I can honestly agree with you on the Bruce & Jersey shore thing.

I have weird dreams all the time. I'm very impressed you can remember them so vividly. I think that is also a reason why you want to know because you can remember them so well. I 9 times out of 10 forget what I dreamt about.

Try to keep a notebook and pen near your bed and write everything down you remember. Maybe something will trigger something. But I definitely think you are on the right track.

Good luck my friend. I hope that you are able to get some rest too. I find the more vivid I dream the more it feels that I didn't get good rest.

Yaya said...

Oh dear, I'm gonna have to dig out my dream books for this one. No really, I have dream books cuz I love interpreting dreams...I'll dig them out tomorrow-they got thrown in the basement during our cleaning of the office to turn into a adoption room. So I'll get back to you tomorrow!

Improbable Joe said...

I think it might mean that you have weird dreams! Beyond that, tell yourself whatever you want that makes you feel the best about the dreams and/or your life. What's the point of interpretation if you can't twist it for your own happiness?

rahul_PAAJI said...

My Grandpa keeps talking about this "Third eye" thing that never sleeps at all.It's just like an infinite loop wherein you try your best to get out of "something" but then you wake up every morning leaving the task incomplete.It's pretty confusing though.. and... i don't know whether to beleive him or not.

That.Girl said...

I really don't have anything to offer, but I'm interested in what YaYa comes up with. I used to have some dream books, but never really got into them. :)

Shanna said...

I'm glad you stopped by and commented! :)

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Mimi Lenox said...

My unofficial official opinion is that you are in serious transition in your life. I'll send you my bill tomorrow....

Yaya said...

Okay-here's what one of my dream books says,

"Bridge: crossing from one phase of life, activity, or emphasis to another; can represent leaving behind and meeting old age; the connection between yourself and another person, a relationship, a link between self and opportunity, self and change in life; another possible meaning is a way of passing over obstacles or difficulties, as the song 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' suggests.
Fallen Bridge: lost opportunity, broken bonds and connections, parting in relationship, broken opportunity or a way of dealing with obstacles lost.
Building A Bridge: creating a way to deal with difficulties, building a link with others or another person, overcoming problems or hesitations.
Idioms: burn one's bridges, cross that bridge when I come to it, water under the bridge, bridge builder, bridge the gap.

Mountain: Something big in your life; reaching a wider awareness of your life or situation; something that stands above the commonplace; beyond the fears and anxieties of everyday life; separation from others or from everyday life or society; isolation; attainment achieved by facing the difficulties of life.

Road Trip: The future, aspects of self not yet expressed, new areas of the endeavor

Subway: Your journeys into what is usually unconscious in you-such as realization of childhood traits still active in you as an adult, meeting repressed sexuality, discovery of unexpressed potential or insight; something alternative you are considering or involved in-as in 'undergroun'd newspaper; your unconscious connections with other people or things.