Have you ever been sleeping deeply and dreaming a dream, one that is quite vivid and you would very much like to “see” it through so as to know how it ends? I am sure you have. I know I have had this happen on more than one occasion. Well, this happened to me the other night. And of course, I woke up before the dream carried me across to what I am assuming would have been its illogical conclusion. I found this to be particularly frustrating because it is the off the wall dreams I enjoy the most. You know what I mean, don’t you? Often times those oddball dreams are fodder for some good writing. And even if they are not, they are just plain fun, a bit of zany fun to offset a world that can be quite often rather off kilter. Well, at any rate I wanted to share this dream with whomever may read this. After all, if there can be parallel worlds, then who can say there are not parallel dreams? Perhaps as I slumber and dream, there is someone, somewhere who is dreaming my dream but only in sort of reverse reflection? Perhaps as you read this, it may come to you that this was a dream you had as well, sort of. Or perhaps not? If not, I can only hope that what I dreamt will be a recurring situation for I really would like to know the outcome. Now I am aware I could fabricate and fill in the blanks, as it were. But that would be cheating, yes? Okay then, friends and neighbors. Please be advised that there is not much to go on here. Hey look, it isn’t my fault I woke up! Some things cannot be controlled, you know? So, here we are and here we go……
“He was lost in a city he did not know and wasn’t quite sure how he had gotten there. The streets and buildings were foreign to him. He had tried again and again to get his bearings and set his mind to right but to no avail. The small town of Cadbury is where he had been, where he had lived for most of his fifty some-odd years and it was to Cadbury that he must return. Cadbury. Come on now, you can do this! Think Cadbury!! He concentrated even harder, eyes tightly closed and mind singularly intent. And what was this he now felt in his closed hand? He slowly unfolded his fingers to reveal what now lay on his palm. Lo’ and behold, what lay before him were two foil-wrapped Cadbury chocolates! “Well,” thought he. “That’s a start anyway!” And as he unwrapped one of these tasty treats and popped it into his mouth, his eyes widened in surprised disbelief. For here came a giant Cadbury on wheels! It pulled up along side the curb and what appeared to be it’s only door opened. From inside, a sweet voice came forth and bade him to step into the Cadbury………..”
This my friends, is where I woke up. Even as I as lay between the two worlds, those of sleep and wakefulness, even as the real world drew me up and out, my mind cried out, “Unfair! Unfair! Bad form!” But as you know, there is not much one can do except arise and move into the day. And I did so, but not without a great deal of resentment. Of that, you may be sure. This dream has not surfaced again since but I still am hopeful that it may pop in…..perhaps even tonight! If this should come about, you will be the second to know of it. I, of course will be the first. That is unless you have had the same dream, sort of?
William J. Thompson, Jr.