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I Had A Dream (yes, another one!)

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serenity blaze
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0 posted 01-19-2009 05:30 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Last night, after watching Big Love, and some of the concert from the Lincoln Memorial, I made myself a cup of that oh-so-very-good Sleepytime Tea (product endorsement--ahem--send money) and I took my medication, which consists of 3 mgs. of melatonin and Tylenol P.M. (product endorsement--ahem-send money) I fell into a rare tranquility and oh my, what dreams! And nope, it wasn't the zanbar. I only take one of those a day, and I break it up into quarters as needed. So I don't use zanax to sleep, I use it to tolerate being awake. (pharmaceutical kickback--ahem--send money).

Have you ever tried to program your head for particular dreams? I do. (Lucid dreaming is as close as I come to lucid, folks.) Last night I was aiming for The Blue Ridge Mountains, which happens to be serenity's place of serenity. I must have been a little over-eager, because I zoomed right over the range, and into--the other side.

I've been there a few times before, and it's not called Heaven nor is it called Hell. The official name seems to be, "The Other Side." I visited my sister there before, and I saw her house there (totally quaint and adorable, as she would have it) and she also showed me where my house would be one day.

I didn't like mine, and I told her so. I wanted the eaves to "pop" and asked her about white paint. No paint was allowed there though. She told me that I would have to move in, and my "home" would just become whatever I wanted. It would be an expression of me and all that I hold dear. (I really liked that part.)

I visited my brother once too, who was annoyed that I had taken so long to find him. I was a little too late for a long visit, as he was late for work. (He works at a hospital now.) But he did tell me that now that I knew the way I could come see him anytime I liked.

That was a good dream too.

And last night (or possibly this morning) I visited a portion of the other side that was quite unexpected. It was The Pet Claims Department. It is run by Mowgli of Jungle Book fame, and he still doesn't speak, but I'm happy to report that on The Other Side he is reunited with his loving family, and they run The Pet Claims Department out of gratitude for the animal kingdom who took such good care of their son while he was lost from them.

Now, it was just a little grass hut on the outside, but the inside was vast, and there are animals in there that I never knew existed. A LOT of cats, too. I was approached by Mowgli's father who smiled very sweetly and asked me if I was there to make a claim.

I was pretty overwhelmed by the number of animals, too, and I was confused. I didn't see any of the pets I had owned, but there were so many...so I told Mowgli's dad, no--that I had to go back, and that I didn't think I'd know how to care for these sorts of pets where I'm from, and it did indeed appear that they were in capable hands, so...if he didn't mind? Could I just leave them where they were?

He nodded and never ceased smiling.

"They are well and happy. They will still be here for you when you're ready."

We were both distracted by a kitten who was mishieviously annoying an elephant. (The baby cat was hiding beneath the hay, and would pounce on the elephant's trunk each time the elephant tried to grasp some of the straw to eat.) The elephant was taking this all with admirable patience, too.

I woke up laughing.

Now I have no idea what's up with this recurring dream of "The Other Side" but I do know that it's a lovely place, and I always feel renewed after visiting. (It reminds me a little bit of the prettier portions of that Zelda video game.)

I realize these are trying times for many of our members, but I wanted to share my vision, however simplistic and child-like, of the place in my subconscious where everyone is well, happy and welcome.

I share this in hopes that others might find some comfort in the idea of the place that comforts me.

*peace*

and love to all.


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1 posted 01-19-2009 07:39 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Well, K, as long as I can have a garden, birds, a view of the ocean, some tasty snacks and fine wine, some creative intelligent friends...the other side will be an acceptable alternative to my current location. Otherwise I'll just stay here forever to bug everyone.
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2 posted 01-19-2009 08:25 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

*smile*

And I shall cover the New Orleans area!



the wine sounds fabulous, btw.

warmmmmmmmmmmm...tomorrow though.

Tonight, is for rest.

OwlSA
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3 posted 01-20-2009 12:42 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Oh, Karen, please hurry up and go to sleep again and have more dreams like this - and then share them with us!  I loved every split second of it, esPPPPPPPPPECially all the andibles.  It is just how (well, the ambiance, anyway, I could never have "dreamed" up the details!) I imagine life and television programs could and should be!  

Kacy, I love your dream of the other side too!  And you don't bug us - you inspire us!

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4 posted 01-20-2009 03:41 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Smiling at you...I had a dream last night too...which was precipitated by a silly internet survey quiz...and it wasn't nearly quite as charming as yours was. I'll have to work on my twinight thoughts before falling asleep!!!
Susan Caldwell
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After I read your post, Karen, I thought, the blue ridge mountains sounds like a real nice thing to dream of so I programmed my mind before I went to sleep.

and I dreamed...

That I was going through the hiring process for some top secret government job.  I am pretty sure it was for the NSA or Secret Service.

I disappoint myself even in my dreams..

*sigh*

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

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6 posted 01-20-2009 05:29 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Susan, sweetie...get out of my dreams!!
serenity blaze
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7 posted 01-20-2009 06:54 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

SUSAN: CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY.

EXIT NUMBER 90F34F48

AND oh...Kari?

smile...

all is well lovie...bwahahahaha

don't eat the creamed chicken!
Margherita
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8 posted 01-20-2009 07:34 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Wow!!!
Couldn't resist and I am so happy I read your exceptional dreams, dear Karen. But now I definitely hurry and get ready for dreams too, being 1.30am!

... You always feel good after having been on "the other side", because the soul restores itself there... it's a blessing to be aware of this.


Love,
Margherita
serenity blaze
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9 posted 01-20-2009 08:30 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I'm still kinda wondering about the elephant.

Somebody lost a pet elephant...???

I don't doubt it could happen, it's just that, well?

There was the only the one. So pet elephants must certainly be unusual.
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10 posted 01-20-2009 09:56 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

well, as I was being thrown around by the trunk of an elephant in my HUSBAND'S dream...this is getting better and better....

more later....

creamed chicken? Dang...and I just ate some sorely grilled brats, broasted potatoes and spinach...

Susan Caldwell
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11 posted 01-21-2009 10:42 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

kari, I am not going to touch your husband dream....

  Karen, thank you for always having my exit password.  

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

 
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