It went like this.
I was out somewhere with my 11 year old daughter and her pal Mimi. We ran into another kid that Tigger had met somewhere, but that I’d never seen before. The other kid’s mother invited Tig and Mimi to go skating with them. Tigger didn’t want to go, but Mimi did, so I sent her off with total strangers after making some vague arrangements about retrieving her at 10 pm.
WHO would do that? My awake self would not, but apparently my dream self would. I am ashamed of my dream self.
Tigger and I went home and as the evening wore on I felt increasingly concerned about having put Mimi into potential danger. I told Tigger to find Other Kid’s Mom’s cell phone number, and luckily, she did. But before I could dial, the phone rang. Tigger answered.
It was Mimi’s mom. Tigger told her that Mimi was not here with us where she belonged, but out skating with strangers. Mimi’s mother did not take this news well.
I got Other Kid’s Mom on the phone and told her I needed to pick Mimi up Right Now. She turned out to be a poor communicator.
You’ve encountered this type, I’m sure. They talk. Many words come out of their mouths. Yet they say little.
Eventually we agreed on a place to meet. My husband Technogeek insisted that he should be the one to go get Mimi. So I was still home when Mimi’s entire extended, angry family arrived at my house to demand that I return their daughter/sister/cousin/niece.
Here’s the worst part. I woke up before TGeek returned with Mimi. I did not get to see her safely back to the arms of her loving family. I did not get to have them forgive me for my unforgivable lapse of judgment. I’ve been up for hours and I still feel guilty.
Note to subconscious: Could you PLEASE cut me a break? Real awake life has plenty of opportunities for guilt, remorse, and anxiety. In the future, I’d appreciate it if you’d LAY OFF those elements of my psyche. Every night (EVERY NIGHT) I place an order for a dream involving George Clooney and palm trees. But thus far, I’ve seen neither. Can I fire you and get a different subconscious?