Monday, April 06, 2009


Whenever I'm stressed, or some big change is coming along, I dream about tornadoes. It's very predictable. The night before taking my nursing boards... cyclones galore filled my head. Last night was no exception.
I was driving down a deserted road. Roads are always deserted in dreams. I can hear the warning sirens. I see two funnel clouds behind me, meandering destructively close. I see two more starting to form in front of me. There's no way to avoid them all. I pull over on the side of the road, thinking I'll lie flat in the ditch. Then I spy a farm house. There are some children playing in the front yard and their pregnant mother is hanging laundry in the wind. Can't they see the impending doom?
I run over to warn them about the tornadoes, telling them to get to a cellar. Because of course, farm houses never have basements, but they do have cellars. I find out these dream people can only speak Spanish. I know even less Spanish as my dream self than I do as my real self. But the tornadoes are coming closer and speak for themselves. We rush to a cellar. The two little kids, the pregnant woman and myself squeeze in. We close the doors and I magically have a flashlight in my hands. We all crouch on the floor around the light. We hear the wind, feel it rattling the cellar doors and the ground. Then it feels like we're flying. I peer through some loose boards and we're definitely up in the air. But none of us are scared anymore, because as long as we stay in the cellar we'll be safe. And then I wake up. The thing is, I can't figure out what I'm stressed about this time.


Lynn said...

I get these dreams to, and I've discovered their source: The Wizard of Oz! :) Hey, Julia, I'm coming to your area Thursday afternoon, can you believe it!?! We're a bit stressed out as a family right now, but I'll not get to dream of tornadoes any time soon since I can hardly sleep while flying.

Julia said...

REALLY? I didn't know you were coming here! for how long?

Friends of Narnia said...

Okay, this is weird! Reading this just reminded me that I just dreamed about a tornado last night!!! Weird! I just remember that all of a sudden I saw a tornado south of our house coming towards us, and so we all rushed down in the basement. But for some reason no one would stay in the little closet under the stairs, so I had to keep putting the kids back in there. I don't know why Mom wasn't helping. :P It missed our house though. Just barely. :P That's so strange!


Jane said...

I love how you write. Please keep writing. I enjoyed the whole sequence about not speaking Spanish and then the tornadoes finally speaking for themselves! Nice image of the pregnant mom hanging laundry while her children play.
~love you, mommy

24601 said...

Happy Easter!

Friends of Narnia said...

*ahem* I just noticed your name, Mr. 24601, I was just WONDERING: do you happen to be Jean val Jean? It's just that that would be pretty cool. ;D