I had a dream last night.
It was late morning and I was at home (or, I knew it was my
home, but it wasn’t my actual home) and there were lots of people there and I
realized there was a Big Family Thing going on and there were lots of Big
Family Expectations that I was going to need to fulfill, when I suddenly remembered
that I had plans to go out that evening with Cathy, my bff from high school,
and that I had different plans to meet Karen, my bff from college, for
dinner in a location about an hour away.
In the dream, lots of Big Family Things were happening all
around me, and I kept thinking that I really needed to shower and change out of
my pajamas, so that I could focus and figure out a game plan for the rest of
the day, because I really wanted to see Cathy and I really wanted to see Karen,
and I knew I couldn’t do both, but, realistically, I probably couldn’t do
either, because despite the fact that I had no idea what Big Family Thing was
happening, the chances were good that I shouldn’t be ducking out when a Big
Family Thing was happening – and, honestly, whether I was meeting Karen, going
out with Cathy, or participating in a Big Family Thing, I had a hunch it was
all going to go more smoothly if I could just take a shower and change out of
Suddenly, I realized that it was 3:00, and I was supposed to
meet Karen at 4:00 at a mall about an hour away, and I knew that I should text
her right then and tell her not to leave her house, because I had not showered
and I was still in my pajamas and I would not be there in an hour in the best
of circumstances, and even if I jumped in the car right then, I would still
have to deal with the issue of having simultaneous plans to go out with Cathy,
in addition to whatever events had been planned for the Big Family Thing that
was going on, but instead of texting Karen to say “I can’t make it,” I texted
instead: “I might be a little late."
More things happened, in the whirlwindy way that dream
things do, and I realized that it was 4:00 and that Karen, who is always early,
had probably been at the mall for at least 20 minutes, and I had still not
found my way into the shower or out of my pajamas, and I realized that at the
very least, I should call Cathy and let her know that I would definitely not be
able to go out with her, because I had Big Family Thing commitments, which
surely she would understand, since she, too, is of the Big Family Thing ilk,
but I didn’t get to call her because more Big Family Things were going on, and
then I discovered that the shower was free and this was my opportunity to use
it, but I glanced out the window on my way to the bathroom and saw that there
was a car trying to get into the driveway, that was being blocked by a car that
was already in the driveway, and I went out to discover that the blocking car
was my friend Cathy and her two sisters, who were there to pick me up, and that
the blocked car was Karen, who decided to leave the mall an hour away to drive
down to find out what was going on, and when I, unwashed and pajama-clad, climbed
into her passenger’s seat to try to explain, I discovered that my always calm,
totally rational, supremely supportive bff from college was really angry with
me for failing to communicate and leaving her hanging, despite the fact that
she had put a lot of time and energy into planning a really, really cool
evening for me.
And then Bud woke me up and I realized that it was a dream.
And then I remembered that it's just that time of year.