My dreams are either weird, or so real they wake me up sweating, laughing or crying.
I recently had two dreams that stuck with me – the first, a weird, “what the hell was that?” – the second, a visitation.
First: I was downtown, late, on a dark, deserted street under the el (elevated train tracks, for you non-Chicagoans.) This was not a place anyone should be, late at night. Angelic Daughter was with me. I have no idea why we were there. The Bulgarian came out of a red door in an old office building, onto the sidewalk, then into the street. He was talking to a woman while he helped her pack her car. I overheard him say he and his wife were expecting a baby.
In the dream, he looked at me, and recognized me, but didn’t acknowledge me. I smiled, because I knew he was afraid I’d butt into his conversation, and wanted me to leave him alone, which I thought was funny. Angelic Daughter was standing closer to him, and said hello, calling him by name, and he responded to her kindly before disappearing back into the building.
I have no idea if the Bulgarian is married, or if he is, or is to be, a father. He was very private around me (can you blame him?) But I had thought occasionally how great it would be if he had kids. He was kind and patient. I thought he’d make a great Dad; and if he had sons, they’d be adorable, burly little black-haired mini-Bulgarians, running around the unnecessarily childproofed basement the Bulgarian finished for Mike and me.
Damn, he looked good in that dream. Like the picture above. But except for the black hair, he doesn’t look anything like that diver. No beard. He said he had tattoos, but I never saw them. He was not as lean.
After he disappeared, I was suddenly in some dark, scary, back alley parking lot. Leaves smouldered near a wood fence. I tried to pat them out with my hands, but couldn’t, so I tried to call the fire department, but didn’t have an address. I panicked because I left Angelic Daughter alone while I went to look for the building number.
Freudian, much? Lost? Terrified, leaving Angelic Daughter (for a new job?) Parking lot – Stuck?
I have shaken off my ridiculous crush on the Bulgarian, but it made me feel less alone. Without it, my subconscious thinks I’m down a dark alley, in a dangerous parking lot, putting Angelic Daughter at risk. And something’s burning. Yikes.
Second dream: a visitation and a smackdown. I deserved it.
When I started my wonderful new job, the company introduced new hires in a weekly meeting, asking us where we were from, what our role was, and for a “fun fact.” My “fun fact” was that I attended the same high school and had the same English teacher as Dave Eggers. You know, Dave Eggers? McSweeney’s? A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius? The Circle?
I’m several years older than Dave Eggers. But apparently he’s old enough for my young coworkers not to be familiar with him.
So, I did a bad thing. I pulled out my Chris Farley connection. My young colleagues lit up when I said I had performed with Farley. Which is true. I was on an improv team with him, nearly thirty years ago. When he showed up.
I don’t like name dropping.
Neither does Farls, it seems.
I dreamt Farley was helicoptered in to perform in some black-box theater as a ringer for the next show. He walked through the space toward me and spoke to a woman standing next to me. Then he looked straight at me, as if he didn’t recognize me. Or as if he did, and wasn’t pleased.
I got the message. Stop dropping my name. You didn’t really know me.
Which is true. He lit the sky I happened to be under for a few months, and then was off, to light up other skies over other people. Then he was gone. A meteor, a bright flame. Flamed out.
Sorry, Farls. This is the last time I’ll drop your name. But the dream was so real, and so funny. You looked sculpted and fit (real Chippendale’s dancer!)
I’m sure that’s what Farley looks like in eternity, if he wants to.
May your dreams be filled with loving visitations, or little smackdowns, if you need them. Or a handsome Bulgarian who has found his own love and happiness, I hope.
Still hoping for some love and happiness to return again in my life, I remain,
Your stressed out, grateful for the new job but worried about Angelic Daughter, gaining weight and not worrying about it enough,