I’m cold. So cold I’m shivering and shaking. I hear something running. A furnace? A faucet? A waterfall? Slowly consciousness starts to make an appearance. I realize it’s raining — hard. And I really am cold. Of course I have to go pee after listening to all that water.
So I got up. Went to the bathroom. Looked at the clock. 5:00 a.m. Too early to stay up. I put on a long-sleeved shirt and curled up again in my too-big king-sized bed and let the sound of the rain lull me back to dreamland.
I’m at my former in-laws’ home. It isn’t a place I’ve seen before. It’s a different house. My father-in-law is there. He sits back and observes more than he participates, his crooked little smile on his face. My mother-in-law plays the part of the queen bee, as always. She’s an attentive hostess as she sees to her guests and keeps the party flowing. She’s always done that so very well. They seem happy, my in-laws, and contented. Mother-in-Law brings out some photos she’s found while cleaning. She wants to share them with me because my children are in them. We enjoy sharing times past. Happy times.
I stirred. Then sat up. I looked at the clock. It was almost 8:00. Late. My first instinct, first thought, was to call my ex. No, I realized, that wouldn’t do. Maybe an e-mail. No, maybe not.
I wanted to let him know that his dad is okay. You see, his dad died not long after we separated. I wanted so much to comfort him back then, but was not allowed to do so. He wouldn’t allow it. I’m still not allowed.
Isn’t it interesting/strange how our dreams try to help us finish what our real lives can’t accommodate? Sometimes it works. Sometimes it serves only to recall and exacerbate the pain.