Plenty of us are like most of us
trying to be like some of us
hoping to be one of us
just like a few of us
it just depends on the day
One of us
does all that they can
to learn about life and living
to care, hope, and understand
Some of us
are happy to get by
not really living
just hoping we don’t die
My wife and I were outside on a warm day. Tall, golden brown grasses rose to our thighs. We were on a slope. A single tree was close by.
Feeling relaxed, like we were on a vacation, we were talking and slowly moving, glancing around as we were, going in slightly different directions but generally down a gentle decline. Facing toward my wife and watching her, I caught sight of something to my right. Looking that way, I saw a trio of lions. They were watching my wife.
I said, “Don’t run, but a lion is watching you.” I was trying to think of all the things that you’re supposed to do when a lion is after you so that I could tell her, but as I was thinking, she turned and began running away.
“I said, don’t run,” I said with irritation, watching her run. As I feared, I saw a big male lion rise and follow her.
“Stop running,” I called, trying not to speak too loudly. The lion had to go by me. Picking up a large stick, I approached the lion. As I did, though, I was aware that a female lion and a lion cub were now coming after me. At the same time, my efforts with the stick had drawn the male’s attention.
I told my wife, “They’re not after you. Keep going, but go slowly. I’ll keep their attention.”
My wife made some sort of protest. They reminded the lions about her. I imagined them thinking, he has the stick, and he’s bigger, so let’s go after her, plus she’s running. A lion is a cat. Cats like motion.
I said to the lions, “No, come after me. Look at me.” I waved my arms and hit the stick against the ground. I felt fearless. I felt like I could stop the lions from doing anything, that I could somehow talk them out of being interested in us and leave us alone so that we could leave.
I began telling the lions that in a soft voice. Turning away after a few minutes, they headed across the field in another direction.
The dream ended.
This one was a bit different. In the military again, with a friend, and our wives, and others, in a hotel. He’d once worked for me, but eventually passed me in promotions while I chose to retire. Now, here he was a CMSgt, E9, which is the senior enlisted rank and pay grade in the Air Force, urging me to come with him to party and do things.
A special guest was due, the highest enlisted position in the Air Force, a position and rank called the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. There is only one at a time. My buddy was eager for me to meet him and have drinks with him.
I went along at first, but then decided, no. I’m done. Not interested. I’m passing.
He came by in his mess dress with medals and ribbons, and black tie to collect me. I was in jeans and a tee shirt. He said, “You’re not ready.” His face fell when I told him that I wasn’t going. He tried cajoling me to change my mind. I held firm.
“That’s not me,” I said.
He shook his head and said, “Man, I’ve so disappointed in you.”
I told him, “You’ll get over it.”
Then he went on, and I turned away to do other things.
The dream ended.
Yeah, out of the dream reflections about the party dream came Pink’s song, “Get The Party Started” (2001).
Not much of the lyrics have much to do with the dream except that others were present and urging me to party. It’s more that after I was thinking about it, I got up and moved onto other things, telling myself as I did, “Well, it’s time to get this party started.”
I was referring to the day so it gave me pause as I pondered new accidental insights into the dream. Then Pink’s music jumped the stream, and off I went.