Alex and the Boy in my Dreams

This week I'm visiting Alex J. Cavanaugh, and my post there is so short that I'll give it all away if I tell you what it's about here :)

Since we're speaking about short things, I have to share with you a tiny part of a dream I had the other night. Live-In Handyman and I were at some sort of outdoor gathering, and all sorts of strange things kept happening to me.

This sort of thing is more or less normal in real life, and I don't remember more about this part of the dream.

Then this little boy walked up to me. He was about four, and I can still see him and his face. He had wavy short brown hair that fell over his forehead, dark eyebrows, and large round brown eyes. When he talked, his face was all moving muscles, especially his lips - very expressive.

He wore brown shoes and socks, brown shorts, a belt, and a plaid shirt that was brown and white and blue. He was holding a yellow balloon.

I'm telling you all this because if you know about dreams and what significance any of this has, please share!

This little boy is asking all kinds of questions about me and Live-In. I only recall two of them. He said, "Do you do farm stuff?" to which I replied, "Not so much."

Then he asked, "Do you do beach stuff?" and I said, "We do lots of beach stuff."

Then he was quiet for a few seconds, moving his feet around while he stared at me with those huge brown eyes.

Then he said, "You people never behave." And I woke up. I can still hear his voice.

Any ideas?

Do you have dreams like this?


Anonymous said…
Hi Carol, read you at Alex's, excellent post. About your dream I am not into wondering what dreams are about but it was certainly some dream.

Have a nice day.
Jemi Fraser said…
I have vivid dreams all the time too. I hope they don't mean much at all (most of mine are scary/sad/upsetting). Great post at Alex's :)
No idea!
Bummed the two topics of your post title are different though...
Anonymous said…
That is an interesting dream for sure. Perhaps your inner child thinks you should be doing some farming?
L. Diane Wolfe said…
Maybe your inner child is trying to tell you something?
Carol Kilgore said…
Nashvillecats - Thank you! I have a lot of vivid dreams.

Jemi - Glad you liked the Alex post. I have my share of scary/upsetting dreams, too.

Alex - LOL!

Delores - Laughing - I have a black thumb. Maybe I should make mud pies :)

Diane - Not a clue.

Saw you over at Alex's. Very cool stuff! As for the dream... no clue. I usually just dream about stupid things like forgetting my pants or walking into the wrong house.
Jan Christensen said…
What a vivid dream! I never notice such details from my dreams, or at least I don't remember them if I noticed them in the dream. As you know, our car was broken into a couple of weeks ago and a few items taken. Last night I dreamed our whole car was stolen. Woke with relief it wasn't true. LOL
Linda G. said…
Don't know for sure what your dream means, but it is fascinating! Probably means you have a great writer's imagination. :)
I saw you over at Alex's place.
With regards to the dream...I have no idea! I hardly dream. Or maybe I do and just forget them as soon as I awake?
According to Google, dreaming about farm stuff is linked to remoteness, security, peace & calm, work.
Your dream is interesting. I wonder what it means....
cleemckenzie said…
Loved your post over at Alex's.

Now about that boy in your dream. I have a hunch it's the ghost of Halloween future. You're going to have to start behaving on the beach, Carol.
Hart Johnson said…
HA! Love that dream! Judgmental little whipper snapper. Maybe it was a future grandchild shopping for a family. Kids in dreams seems to be much more vivid than other people. I don't have them often, but when I do, those dreams seem more intense.
dolorah said…
You're pregnant. New grandbaby on the way. New story idea percolating. Vivid dream.
Carol Kilgore said…
Beer - I dream about stupid stuff, too, but an equal amount of dreams like these.

Jan - Happy that nightmare didn't happen!

Linda G - My imagination puts in long hours every day. You'd think it would rest at night.

Michelle - I remember pieces of dreams all the time, but rarely the complete dream. Thanks for looking up farm dreams!

Teresa - I wanna know, too!

Lee - Thanks! Behave on the beach? Maybe that little boy was correct :)

Hart - "Judgmental little whipper snapper." Yes he was! Exactly :)

Dolorah - Pregnant? Ack! Bite your tongue, woman!!! New story idea is a possibility, though.

Jo-Anne Meadows said…
I rarely remember dreams..........just saying, although at times I wish I did it is very frustrating when you can only remember bits and pieces of a dream
Janie Junebug said…
I've had some strange dreams, but I have no idea what yours could mean. Maybe it has something to do with what you ate for supper.

DMS said…
I have had a lot of vivid dreams, but I don't know much about them. Wish I had some insight into the little boy. But- he could be a good character to have in a book. :)

Popping over to Alex's to see you there!
Congrats on your book Carol!!!!
Stephen Tremp said…
Congrats! on the book and I'll stop by Alex's to check out your post.
Helena said…
I wish I could decode your dream and tell you it held great meaning, but all I can think is that this was one pushy little kid. If he shows up again tell him to go pester someone else.
Maybe your dream has something to do with your fascination with Mini- Alex! Great guest post at Alex's blog!

Carol Kilgore said…
Jo-Anne - Some nights I only remember bits and pieces. Other nights, I remember the whole dream, but usually only for a while. There are some dreams, however, that I continue to remember from since I was a little girl.

Janie - LOL! You probably nailed that one :)

Jess - I wonder if there are courses on dream science?

Cathrina and Stephen - Thanks! Y'all are tops :)

Helena - He was pushy. He was so serious, too.

Julie - Mini-Alex! Wouldn't that be something.
Mark Noce said…
Funny dream:) Also, I enjoyed your post on Alex's blog:)
Romance Reader said…
I always try to go online and check the meaning of a dream...that is if I still remember it in the morning!
My mother has all sorts of dreams. She would be able to explain this much better than I ever could. Maybe you have underlying anxiety you're not getting to. That's my guess. Saw your post over at Alex and it was nice and funny.
Carol Kilgore said…
Mark - Thanks! Wish you could have seen that little kid's face.

Romance Reader - I looked up brown and little boy on several sites. Got a different meaning on each one!

Sheena-kay - An underlying anxiety is quite possible. Wonder which one :)
Crystal Collier said…
I totally used to get into the whole dream analysis, but truth, there's so much to the human psyche that I think it's impossible to completely identify what they're supposed to mean--unless you have reoccurring themes. I have regular story dreams. That's an indicator to me that I should be an author. =)
Melissa said…
All right, spill it. What naughtiness have you been up to? :P
Carol Kilgore said…
Crystal - Sometimes I can identify when the dream relates to things going on in my life. Other times, like this one, I don't have a clue. I have fairly regular story dreams, too.

Melissa - I'm sworn to secrecy! I can tell you that last night I dreamed I was in Louisiana looking for pumpkins on Pine Street with someone named Beth Ann. I don't know anyone named Beth or Ann. The only thing I get from that one is I'm wondering if it will be cool enough by Halloween to get real pumpkins for outside, and if so, if there will be any left at HEB.
Ava Quinn said…
What a dream! That last thing the boy said could be funny or creepy. I'm going with funny.
M Pax said…
Interesting dream. I wouldn't know if it had meaning or not.
Carol Kilgore said…
Ava - I wasn't creeped out when I woke up, so I'm going with funny :)

Mary - Same for me.
Brian Miller said…
ha. what a cool dream...i bet you could spin a story out of that one...
I can join the vivid dreams club...I have some of the craziest ones ever ..for me personally, I usually attribute it to watching too much news! I majored in journalism and watching news was homework--it got to be too much! lol
Hi Carol - definitely a good story or two there from your dreams .. especially if you include 'that Alex' into the story telling too ..

Strange - but fascinating .. I wonder if he'll appear again one night .. cheers Hilary
Cherie Reich said…
Sounds like a really interesting dream, especially since the kid was so kid-like with all the questions. I have no clue what it could mean, if anything.
I don't dream, or if I do I don't remember them. It sounds like dreams might provide great story ideas though.
Carol Kilgore said…
Brian - That little kid may end up in a story someplace :)

Beth Ellyn - I'm a news junkie, so I limit myself to a few minutes in the morning and again at night.

Hilary - If he does appear again, then it may possibly freak me out!

Cherie - He was like a real kid with a smart mouth LOL :)

Beverly - I've read that we all dream, so you probably just don't remember. I have friends like that.
Chrys Fey said…
I think this would make a good story idea. The little boy kind of gave off an evil quality to him with that last statement.

I do have vivid dreams all the time and I own a dream book.

Balloon- Balloons can represent your love life or hopes and dreams. Looking at the state of the balloon would help to figure out the state of your love life/hopes/dreams.

It's hard for me to find any other meanings because you usually look at symbols, but you weren't at a farm or beach. Hmm...
Leandra Wallace said…
Ha, no help here, I have strange ones like that too! The mind when we're asleep- weird. ;)
Leovi said…
Wonderful Alex J. Cavanaugh. The dream seems to mean a sense of guilt or something that has failed to address.
Carol Kilgore said…
Chrys - Interesting! That balloon must've been helium-filled because it was standing straight up :)

Leandra - Definitely weird :)

Leovi - Alex is a great guy. I doubt I'll ever really know what that dream meant. If anything.
Lexa Cain said…
I know what the dream means! You had spicy food before going to bed. lol

No, sorry, I don't know squat about the adorable dream boy with the yellow balloon. ;)
Geez, I know I read this post earlier in the week, and I THOUGHT I left a comment then. Guess not. Oy, must be getting old.

Anyhow, I have always had vivid dreams, but I rarely try to figure out what they mean. I just let them entertain me.

I read your book last night. LOVED it. Will write a review asap. (If I don't "forget"... HA!)
VR Barkowski said…
I'm not good at dream analysis but maybe the kid was your subconscious, attempting to make you feel guilty for non-productive activities like hanging out at the beach and writing (because you're not producing anything "useful" or edible).

Not that I haven't eaten plenty of my words…

VR Barkowski

Carol Kilgore said…
Lexa - He was cute. I nearly always have spicy food :)

Susan - Pretty much that's what I do, too. I'm happy you liked SECRETS OF HONOR! A review will be very much appreciated. Thanks.

VR - Likely. Very likely.
Dee said…
Dear Carol, I have no idea about the dream. I've always read that dreams are filled with people who symbolize something in our lives. So what does that child symbolize for you? And what do questions--or even those specific questions--symbolize? And what does his final statement tell you about yourself and your longings? Peace.
Carol Kilgore said…
Dee - Deeper thoughts than I usually have about myself. Maybe I'll be content with having met him and move on.
Take that dream and run with it, storywise -- sounds like something from a King novel. Or maybe I'm just imbuing it with sinister undertones... Most of my dreams are sinisterish, I guess.
Carol Kilgore said…
Milo - Maybe you just gave me a new idea :)
Anonymous said…
Maybe the boy will make his way into one of your books.

I love vivid dreams, whether they're positive or negative. I like to think about them when I wake up.
Carol Kilgore said…
Medeia - I have a lot of vivid dreams. I like the positive ones and the suspenseful ones. But not the horrorifying ones.