From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Strange Dream

All In The Family...



Isaac has strep throat and was out of school yesterday with it. Last night in his medicated and somewhat feverish condition, he had a nightmare.

In his dream, he had invited his friends to a party and they were all in the yard. Meanwhile, everything in the house was terribly wrong. Dennis was sitting at the table in his underwear drinking beer. Keely and I were dressed in the ragged old clothes that we save for painting. The house was a total wreck and no one seemed to care.

People were showing up that I had invited without consulting Isaac and they were people he didn't like. He didn't even know some of the people I had invited (such as the goth-looking teenage couple we saw at the library yesterday afternoon in real life.)

Isaac was frantically trying to fix everything, but there were too many things that were very badly wrong and he knew he was going to be terribly, terribly embarrassed at any moment when his friends came in...

The classic nightmare with the "Darn, I forgot to wear my clothes!" moment seems pretty mild compared to the kind of humiliation that the family was inflicting on Isaac in this dream.

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