I have had a series of dreams over the last few weeks that took an unsettling turn last night. I know dream analysis is rather silly stuff, but if anyone has any guesses as to what it all means, I would be interested to hear it. (or if you have any jokes, that would be fun, too, as it is a rather silly theme). I remember a lot of my dreams, so that fact isn’t odd in and of itself. I rarely have recurring themes, though, so that is out of the ordinary.
The setting is the house where I grew up, in the dining room. (I am now 32 and haven’t lived there since I was 14, but most of my dreams are set in that house for some reason.) We had a china cabinet that had elaborate carvings (which is actually in my house now- my parents gave me that dining set). This china cabinet has a “ledge” of sorts that connects the 4 legs about two inches off the floor that is difficult to see unless you are crouching down. It is a very bulky piece of furniture- it was made in the early 1930s, with thick ornate legs and such.
In the first dream which I had maybe a couple of weeks ago, I was walking past the china cabinet when I noticed a tiny rodent sitting up on its haunches on the surface that leads into the glass fronted storage area, eating something. It was about an inch high and looked most like a hamster or koala- it was very cute, golden brown, with perfect circles of gray splotches on the upper half of its body. It looked very much like the plastic toys that they glue fur to that you might see on a pencil instead of an eraser that they market to little girls, but it was actually alive and eating something. It didn’t seem to notice me, and I decided to do the same- ignore it, since it was so tiny and cute. There was other stuff going on in that dream that I really can’t remember anymore, but it had a mundane type feel to it, neither threatening nor pleasant.
The next time I dreamt of the tiny hamster, there was the one sitting where I had seen it the last time, but this time instead of walking past, I paused, leaned over, and looked under the cabinet, where I saw there were about 4 more sitting on the ledge thing. They stared back at me, seeming rather shocked and not knowing what to do. It bothered me a little that there were so many, but again, I chose to largely ignore them rather than disturb them and I went about my business in another mundane dream.
So last night, I dreamt that I walked past again and looked under there to see if they were still there, and this time there were about 14 of the hamster things, as well as two rodents of another species that looked rather like tiny otters, about two inches long, perfectly brown with smooth coats and large black eyes. They all stared at me without moving, that same deer in the headlights look they always had. In real life, I just bought a new purse over the weekend. In the dream, the purse I had just emptied out was sitting open in front of them on the floor. I got the feeling they were living in it, but I didn’t check. That many eyes looking back at me gave me an uneasy feeling. I finally decided to tell my parents to do something about them.
So, I told my parents. My father told me I was being ridiculous, but my mother agreed to come look. Well, I crouched down on the floor about three feet away from the ledge thing, but this time, there was only one of the otter-type ones in view. The second it saw me, it ran at me, climbed up my back, and started trying to chew on neck! I have long hair, and it couldn’t seem to get through my hair to actually hurt me. It continuously chomped on my hair. I wanted to ask my mom to help me, as she was standing right there, but I was too shocked to do anything other than try to keep my hair where it was so it couldn’t actually hurt me. It had moved so fast I didn’t think my mother had even seen it. I was so alarmed I woke up. It was about half an hour before I would normally get out of bed so I just got up.
So, anyone have any thoughts to share? What a weird series of dreams! No, I wasn’t drinking last night and I have never done drugs. I wonder if I could recruit my tiny dream hamsters to help the SDMB hamsters. They may be small, but there is strength in numbers. Either that or the otter bodyguards could be helpful in some way…