Some of you know that I am a schoolteacher by day. Fewer still might realize that my students will be in school on Wednesday. Every year, no matter what else is going on, I can always guarantee that this means one thing: back-to-school dreams.
I should also clarify that I am a vivid dreamer. It’s rare that I don’t dream in color, but I have also been known to sleepwalk and sleep talk. It’s gotten me into trouble on a few occasions when I have “carried on” a conversation with my husband and then the next morning I remember nothing. Oops.
I’ve woken up with the smells from my dreams in my nostrils. I’ve woken up with the tastes in my throat.
My favorite story to tell on myself is this:
A few years ago, I was on a game show. I was doing very well. Every time the buzzer sounded, I was the first contestant to hit the button (and I always answered the question correctly). My hand was hovering over the button waiting for the final question when my husband came thundering into the bedroom, bellowing that if I hit that snooze button one more time…
Ahem. Like I said, oops. But I was doing great!
My back-to-school dreams are always a jumbled mess of the day. My brain is trying to shuffle through the mess and remember what tasks I still haven’t accomplished. I wouldn’t really call them “nightmares”, although some teachers do. I’m usually able to recognize in the dreams themselves that they are dreams. Last night, I dreamt that one of my colleagues, a math teacher, found out that she was going to be teaching Hair Fashion at the same time as Algebra 2. I chuckled in my sleep.
The thing about the word dreams, though–sometimes we don’t mean the time spent nestled in our beds. Sometimes, we mean our plans and hopes for the future when we say dreams. And believe me, I have plenty of those for this school year, especially since my oldest son will be there with me.
It’s wonderful when you are able to accomplish a dream. Sometimes it still doesn’t feel real that Kathy Cretsinger and Mantle Rock Publishing helped me attain a lifelong dream (publishing a novel).
What about you? Do you have any dreams? What pursues you even when you are snuggled safely in your bed?
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