In Through a Window
Here’s the dream I had after returning from my honeymoon.
I was in a room, with a window in one wall. There was a secret to the window, that I knew about. I had a ball, and if I bounced the ball along the windowsill, it unlocked the window in such a way that I could climb through to the other side. As long as the ball kept bouncing, I could stay on the other side, which I very much wanted to do, because—with the knowledge one has in dreams—I knew it was a kind of magical place.
A bouncing ball does not give you much time. But to my surprise and delight, when I crawled through the window (in this dream, my wife was also with me), I found that looking back through the window, the ball appeared to be bouncing much, much slowly than it should be.
Whatever place I was in, time worked differently here. I could not stay forever, but I could stay longer than I otherwise should.
For me, this dream had a fairly easy interpretation. My honeymoon lasted 2 weeks (and caused me to miss the MCDM program’s orientation, in fact!). We traveled to Munich for Oktoberfest (originally a honeymoon celebration itself), and on to France, England, and Wales. It was a wonderful trip—some friends met us in Germany to help celebrate, we had wine and cheese at almost every meal along the way, and my wife and I had both lived in London at earlier points in our lives and were thrilled to be back exploring our old haunts. We took advantage of our time, and kept every day as comfortably adventurous as we could.
Although only 2 weeks, the trip felt much, much longer. That was the window I crawled through—from the normal slog of going to work, walking the dog, and cooking healthy meals—to our honeymoon, where time moved slowly and everything felt wonderfully different.
The dream can also be applied much more broadly. In this blog, I’m interested in exploring fairy tales, folklore, legends, myths—and the heroes and demigods who inhabit them. Many of these tales are set in magical lands—Narnia, Camelot, Middle Earth, Faerie—requiring magical means of getting there and back again, and operating with special rules of their own (which makes them such interesting places to visit).
Climbing through a magical window where things worked differently—this would have been an appropriate entry into many of these places.
And in any case, it was a fun dream worth remembering.