Tuesday, May 18, 2010

harrowing pet and school dreams

I haven't had one of these dreams in a while (I used to have them fairly often), but last night I dreamed that I had some pet birds. The dream followed the usual scenario: I had gotten them and then sort of forgotten I had them*; of course that meant I had forgotten to check their food and water; out of an original number of 5-6, a couple were dead in the bottom of the cage. Another variation I've had on this dream is that the birds are not dying, but escaping from cages with too much space between the bars. I've also had rather harrowing dreams featuring other pets that I've forgotten to feed/water, usually dogs (I don't recall one where the dog actually died, but there have been some close calls).

*Interestingly, I have a vague memory of also recently having a dream in which I had forgotten about being enrolled in a math class for an entire semester. Except at the end of the dream I realized that I had actually dropped the class and there was no reason to be so frantic.


sprinkles said...

I've had a similar dream before about forgetting I'd signed up for a class a few times. I'd suddenly remember the day of or the day before the big final. I'd be all freaked out that I wouldn't know how to get to the classroom and then once there, I didn't know the material so there was no way I'd be able to pass the test.

Leah said...

I don't recall having any pet-related dreams. Hmmm.

Also, I'm sure I've had some of the school-anxiety dreams, but I can't think of any except the worst one, documented here (I think), in which at the moment of my PhD exams, I was told I'd forgotten to take some class in high school. So I had to go back to high school. It was harrowing.

strovska said...

leah, i think i remember reading that one, which was harrowing for me as well since i could visualize the high school in question just a bit too well.

sprinkles, that's my standard school-anxiety dream. i've had so many of those following that exact formula.