Many of us have dreams about animals, but our pets also have dreams. My upcoming third book of poetry will have a focus on making dream/reality connections between pets and themselves, as well as between pets and people. All of my books so far have had dream/reality connections, which I love to explore because of the often subconscious elements and memories that can become evident through dreams.
Several weeks ago, I had an interesting dream. I was visiting with family members. There weren't any COVID-19 components, so everyone was having fun together without any masks or need for distancing. One of my family members convinced me to walk with her to the Warwick Mall. We then went on a great walk together; we even carried some weights, in addition to our purses. The mall is only a little over four miles from my house, and I've sometimes walked over six miles in one day. I also usually like to exercise. I'm guessing I was trying to tell myself to exercise more than what I was doing. I might also have been telling myself that I wanted to visit more with family members during these tough times of social distancing.
A few nights ago, I had a dream about trying to find my bookmarks in my purse. Today's blog posting has a picture of the front and back of one of my bookmarks. I actually designed these bookmarks by myself. I give these bookmarks out for free at my author events. I also always have a few of these bookmarks in my purse. They're sort of like business cards.
During my dream, I spent a lot of time looking in my purse for these bookmarks, but I couldn't find a single one. I also found all kinds of other new things that I usually never have in my purse. One new thing was an empty potato chip bag. I actually very rarely eat regular potato chips, but instead, I normally eat nut-thins or cracker-thins. I also found some cat toys that I have never put in my purse, but I could not find the laser pointer that I always have there. Also missing from my purse were cosmetic items (lipstick, comb, mirror, . . ).
In this dream, a few of the normal items actually were in my purse: my billfold, money, credit cards, and car keys.
During this dream, I was probably telling myself about some new parts of my life during this COVID-19 pandemic. For example, when I'm wearing a mask, I do not also wear make-up. Many of my usual author events have been cancelled, so I'm not giving out too many free bookmarks. Some of these events are still running, but in different ways (http://www.drkarenpetit.com/events.html). I also eat differently. I spend more time with my cats and play with them and their toys more. Thankfully, I still have enough money to pay my most essential bills.
I'm thinking of writing a poem about the contents of this dream. Content from my dreams is often added into my poetry and novels, in addition to the content of this blog.
Amazing Holiday Paws has a poem about a cat's dream: "Political Scratches from D.C.'s Dreaming Cat on National Cat Day (October 29)." D.C. Cat is the cat's name. In its dream, D.C. Cat interacts with people who are initially standing on a round table and smelling for rats. This is obviously the cat's view of a person because people don't normally stand on tables. Also, when people's faces are moving around, they are normally looking at things, rather than smelling things. Cats more often focus on smelling items.
The "smelling for rats" idea is obviously intended to be symbolic of political rats. Yes, in our reality, we do have political rats. We also have many political angels, like D.C. Cat. I wonder if D.C. Cat will receive any votes in November 2020.
Earlier this year, before Walt Disney World closed, I was able to visit it for the first time in my life. Last night, I had an interesting dream about the experience. I was waiting in line for one of the rides at the Animal Kingdom. My cats were waiting in line with me. They weren’t even on leashes or in cat carriers, and they wanted to jump up onto the ride. Before we were at the front of the line, fireworks started to display in the sky above the ride. Then one of my cats woke me up, so the ending of my dream was the reality of a cat demanding that I wake up, rather than being with three scaredy cats on a roller coaster.
Because I encounter traffic on the roads a lot in my reality, I often have dreams about traffic and other driving problems. A few days ago, I had a dream about going to New York City. I was going to take a plane and then changed my mind because I wanted to drive my car around New York City. I then drove my car to New York City and was so happy when I encountered very little traffic there. Possibly the reason for so little traffic was the timing: about two o'clock in the morning. In my dream, all of the stores were actually open then, and the sun was shining. The roads were also all painted like the example in this blog's picture. Rather than a nightmare of traffic, I had a very positive dream about having fun on a trip.
In my reality at the grocery store last week, I checked the eggs that I was buying to make certain all of them were okay. They were. I then went to one of the checkout registers. The store's cashier also checked out the eggs to make certain they were all okay. They were still all perfect.
In a dream that same night, I was at the same grocery store again. I was trying to buy eggs. Each time when I opened up the top of an egg carton, I immediately saw that all of the eggs were cracked. I then gave up and decided not to buy any eggs.
I think I was trying to tell myself that I didn't have to be perfect and that life often includes some broken parts.
Because I love to participate in many author events, I often have dreams about these events. I recently had a dream about being one of the authors in a multi-author library event. When I arrived at the library, I was shocked to see everyone setting up outdoor canopy tents in one of the library's large rooms. I drove home quickly, put a tent in my car, and went back to the library. Library employees and other authors helped me to set up my tent inside the library.
The helpfulness of the people in my dream was similar to what always happens in my reality at author, vendor, and other events. My family, friends, and even strangers are always very helpful.
The photo in this blog post is obviously a photo taken at a real author event of mine, rather than during a dream.
Parts of my real dreams are often incorporated into my fictional novels and poetry. On March 14, 2019, the opposite happened. One of my fictional dreams became my reality. A dream chapter in Roger Williams in an Elevator is titled "Roger Williams in an Elevator." In this chapter, the protagonist meets a Roger Williams statue in her dream. When I did a presentation about Roger Williams on March 14 at the Pawtucket Public Library, I was able to visit a Roger Williams statue that was temporarily at the library. While the statue in the library was different from the Prospect Terrace Park statue met by the protagonist in Roger Williams in an Elevator, I loved being able to live a reality that was referenced in one of the dreams of one of my novels.
Dr. Karen Petit's six Christian books are
Amazing Holiday Paws, Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze.