Friday, January 27, 2012

An Interesting Dream

I had an odd dream last night. 

My daughter and I were checking into a hotel with my grandmother. Everyone there looked familiar. From the lobby to the front desk to the hallways, everyone had a face that I was sure I knew but couldn't quite place. We got to our room, set our bags down and my grandmother make some remarks about my daughter, how she looked like me and had good feet (she always said women need to have small feet).

A knock came on the door, and I opened it up and it was my old college friend Courtney. She and I had been very close in college and, although she was my friend, I had always seen her as something of an authority figure. She was always trying to focus me and keep me on task and was never afraid to tell me when I was acting out of line. After my initial shock at seeing her wore off, I screamed "COURTNEY!!!" and threw my arms around her. She said she had seen me in the lobby and followed me up. I said I was surprised she had recognized me after all these years. She simply replied "I just looked for the guy who looks like Robert the Bruce" (she always said she thought I looked like Angus Macfadyen from Braveheart).

She smiled at me and told me that our friend Lucas just happened to be in the hotel too and asked if I'd like to see him. My grandmother said she'd watch my daughter and Courtney and I walked down the hall. We chatted about how our lives had been going since we last saw each other. I told her I was sorry to hear about her sister and that she'd always be that goofy little 15-year-old girl to me. Courtney smiled at me and told me her sister was in a better place and that, from her perspective, she was just checking in too.

We arrived at the door to a ballroom which I could tell was buzzing with activity. Courtney told me Lucas was hanging out in there with a lot of other people I knew. I opened the door and saw a room filled with friends and family, some of them I knew were long gone. It was then that I realized that I couldn't remember how I had gotten to the hotel. And that's when it hit me. I was dead. We all were. I looked at Courtney and hugged hear and woke up crying.

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