night travels

by Sherry Hill February. 21, 2019 275 views

it's 5am, woke up from a dream.. the setting: the homestead back in Canada.. my mum was still alive and she was filled with such vitality.. i know it's a dream then, because she never had that kind of energy in life..

i was late for somewhere, so i jumped in the shower right behind her.. but the tub water was draining slowly, so i was ankle deep in my mothers bath water [what's that mean freud?] and i'm in a dress.. showering in a dress? perhaps my modesty got the better of me, as the bathroom door was open..



i rush out the door to get to where i am going, but twilight is grainy, foggy and i can't find my way home.. home? [that grainy time of day like morning or night can't make up its mind and your eyes see all the particles in the air] i left the homestead, heading for MY home, and i couldn't find my way.. two girls stop and giggle at me.. they tell me to just punch in the gps coordinates on my phone.. but i don't have a smart phone.. they do.. they ask me what my address is.. and i don't know.. my brain scans every address i've lived at since leaving the homestead.. from Canada to New York.. i don't know where i was or where i was headed.. but i remember standing at a crossroads.. there was a street sign beside me.. Blanchard & Roosevelt.. [now to google earth, is this a real place?]

[google earth]

[google earth]

there is such a place.. in Wheaton, Illinois.. but the question is, why was i standing here, 900 miles away, at 5am this morning?

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Pete 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The dream means that you were sleeping :-)

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Laurie Madsen 7 months, 4 weeks ago

You'll probably know in the future, when you find yourself standing at this crossroad and the moment will be a deja vu one!
(happened to me once, I live in MN and dreamed of a beautiful mountain/hillside with white fences and barns, then years later I was in West Virginia and rounded a corner and there the EXACT scene from my dream stood, larger than life!) It gave me a sense of wonder, in that how can we be in the wrong place, if we are there before we get there? It made me feel guided by....destiny?
Your title conveys more than we can imagine.
Great job with the pics to illustrate your wonderful writing!

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Sherry Hill Replied to Laurie Madsen 7 months, 4 weeks ago

thank you.. 
i have dreampt of things i thought were imaginary, years later i see them on some NatGeo tv show and think, wow.. i've seen this before.. usually these 'dreams' involve one of my parents, like they are taking me on their journeys.. 
some say we map out our lives before we are born so that deja vu is like a memory of what we mapped out.. i have many of those moments..
i love the mystery and the awe of such things..

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I love the mystery and awe too...
I have had solo night journeys in different countries and later have seen photos or shows that reveal to me where the dream was. In my journeys, nothing happens, no story, I just get to go see really cool places and I wish I had my camera (after I wake up).
The idea of mapped out lives is interesting. Some things would make more sense.

Last night as I was falling asleep, a thought came to mind. In the last part of your dream, you were grasping for HOME'S address and saw the intersection. It would be interesting if that ends up being your home some day....LOL

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Bethany Plonski 8 months ago

I love, love, love this post! blue heart How amazing that those streets actually exist! Stuff like that blows my mind. You took a perfect photo to commemorate your night travels too. smile
Water not draining properly has been a theme in my dreams before, usually corresponding to times when I was trying to process complicated emotions. The address part though, so intriguing!

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Sherry Hill Replied to Bethany Plonski 7 months, 4 weeks ago

i thought you'd find this cool.. i'm big on symbolism, and cleaning myself in my mothers bath water.. hmmm.. that one will take me awhile to break down.. 
the address? i saw the words so clear, i was standing in that photo, in my dream, looking up at the exact street sign.. 
and thanks Bethany.. 
"happy dreaming my friend"

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I did, your writing style is so perfect for describing dreams! smile I’ve been thinking about the bath water too – the connection with your mom is really profound. Sometimes I think patterns and memories can be literally passed down through the generations. Maybe it reflects some sort of process that she started but that you will complete? Interesting too that there are so many connections to the feminine in your dream – your mom, the girls in the second part, the dress, even water is a feminine element. Dreams are so rich!

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Sherry Hill Replied to Bethany Plonski 7 months, 4 weeks ago

i never thought about the finishing of something she started.. but it makes a lot of sense to me.. 

and the feminine parts, i never noticed.. actually, i left out that my older sister was in the bathroom cleaning up before my mum, & my little sister was wandering about the house.. 
i love dissecting dreams..

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Björn Roose 8 months ago

Night travels ... Good name for this blogpost smile

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Sherry Hill Replied to Björn Roose 8 months ago

thanks.. :)

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Russell Smith 8 months ago

The dream world falls into an odd category for me one of reality and myth sometimes it has meaning other times no apparent meaning. I do find the story quite intriguing . On a side note I dig the tatoo on the wrist .

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Sherry Hill Replied to Russell Smith 8 months ago

thanks Russell.. 
i think the subconscious is thriving while we sleep.. my fella always says "it's just a dream".. 
nahhhh.. i can't believe that.. smile

8 months ago Edited

At first you travelled in a dream and than you followed with your imagination with your camera. Like it!

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Sherry Hill Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 8 months ago

thanks Sigrid..

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Antonio Gil 8 months ago

What an amazing story Sherry. Food for thought

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Sherry Hill Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months ago

thanks.. and interesting what comes to us in dreams..

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Camellia Staab 8 months ago

Probably getting closer to seeing me 😉

What a dream Sherry, but even better is how you wrote it and combined it with the photos. This entry needs to be added as one of the pages in your upcoming book.

Really enjoyed reading it and the pic of you all dressed is fantastic!

Here's a link to create a 20 page book

Here's my thought, create the book, then take photos of each page of the book and post it here. Two birds with one stone; you have personal small book as a keepsake and we get to enjoy your entries 😊

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Sherry Hill Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months ago

thank you Camellia.. 
i am going over to check out the link now.. 
just last week i got to thinking about your idea & have tried a sample book on Lulu.. i used to do mini zines when i was younger..

ah, you've inspired me.. :) thanks

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