I don't often have nightmares, but when I do, they're never really about anything scary. Yet something about the ambiance, or the emotion of the dreams leave me feeling rattled. And when I have one of these scary dreams, I rarely forget them.
I can still remember one I had when I was 5 or 6. It was about the Pink Panther following me around the swimming pool where I had swimming lessons. Now, there's nothing scary about the Pink Panther, or the pool (I loved my swimming lessons) yet I can still remember how terrified that dream made me feel.
A few years later I had another one about a guy pumping rainbow-colored foam out of the side of the classroom my mother taught in. Again, nothing scary about it on the surface, yet for some reason, terrifying.
Now my nightmares always seem to be work-related and they're more stressful that terrifying. I'm usually trying to get somewhere urgently, but for whatever reason, the place I'm going has changed so getting to wherever I need to be is impossible. Or people stop me to ask silly questions which don't take long to answer, but add up to making me later and later to whatever appointment I'm supposed to be getting to.
Occasionally I dream about the kids. I remember a particularly vivid nightmare where I was getting off the bus with my eldest son, while my youngest was still in a push-chair. As I made sure my eldest was safe on the sidewalk, the bus pulled away with my baby still inside in his push-chair. And everything in the world conspired against me catching up with that bus to get him back…
Do you have nightmares? Do you remember them?