You know when you dream and you know what happened in your dream but sometimes you try to describe it in words and it doesn’t make sense or it doesn’t sound as accurate as you dreamed it? Well, I think this is Aves’ way of articulating this…
Last night, in the middle of the night, Aves came running into the room crying and crawled into bed beside me. She said she had a bad dream. She curled up close to me and I asked her if she could tell me about her bad dream (sometimes talking about it helps to get it out of your mind). She said no, she couldn’t remember it.
I’m not sure how much time went by because I was sleeping, but I was awoken by Aves’ distressed mumbling. She was mumbling about how she didn’t want me to go back to work and that she just wanted me to stay with her (wow. way to pull on the mommy-guilt strings!). I asked her again if she could tell me about her dream but she said again that she couldn’t remember.
Finally, she woke me up one last time and this time she mumbled that she couldn’t sleep because she kept thinking about her bad dream. She’s thinking about it! Great! Now, she can tell me about the dream. Nope. She STILL said she couldn’t remember the dream! Huh?!
The next morning, I told her about the events of the night. I told her that she told me she couldn’t fall back asleep because she kept thinking about her dream but when I asked about the dream she said she couldn’t remember! The irony was not lost on her. She explained to me, “Mommy, it’s because in my head, I remember the dream but my mouth, it doesn’t remember the dream!”.
Very well said, kid.