One of my cats just woke me up when I was having a great dream to remember for Thanksgiving. I was in an amusement park the size of Disney World in one of my sisters' backyards. No, her backyard isn't really that big! I was there with many relatives, and we were having a lot of fun riding trains, eating chocolate, and doing other things together.
Dreams can help animals and people to learn, as many of the poems in Paw Learning Mazes show. "Dogs Helping with the Writing Process" (pages 11-13) has a rescue-center employee learning about some effective content from rescue-center dogs in one of her dreams. There's also a maze poem version of this poem on pages 1-10. "A Cat Learning How to Fly" (pages 15-18) has a cat dreaming about flying like a bird in pouring rain and learns how birds fly; when waking up, the cat is now less scared of water.
In this wonderful month of December, in one of my dreams, I was talking to a student. She had done an essay that analyzed an ad. The ad was publicizing clothing for work and featured several people in formal suits. The student's essay was talking about comfortable pajamas. In the background, someone was talking on a TV show and said, "You need to look at it again, notice the pictures, and re-read all of the words." I often tell students that, for effective analysis, they need to look at things more than once.
This dream obviously included some information that I use while helping students in my reality. I'm guessing the dream was also about working from home when some people can wear pajamas, unless they need to show a video of themselves.
Not just people, but animals also dream. Paw Dream Mazes has many examples of animal dreams.The dreamers in Paw Dream Mazes include people, animals, and aliens. One of the dreamers is a kitten who has been trashed. She has a dream about her trash experience. Here is one of the stanzas from page 131 in Paw Dream Mazes; the kitten is dreaming as a part of the poem "A Trasher Trashed":
The person who often did trash his cats
had placed his face next to three thrashing rats,
opened his mouth to scrunch his metal-like teeth,
and scared the rats that were above and beneath.
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.