5/17/09

Dream a little dream of me...


Before I taught first grade, I was a fourth grade teacher for ten years.  I worked closely with an amazing teacher named Jane Brown. 

 

Not only was Jane an incredible teacher she was just a classy, classy woman.  She and her husband, however, were never able have children of their own.  Her brother and his wife had three lovely daughters, with whom Jane was very, very close.

 

One summer, when these particular girls were in their teens, I had a strange dream.  I was visiting with my sister in July, and while there I dreamed of running into Jane in a local department store.  She was with two of her nieces, and I remember that in my dream I commented to her, “Jane, I thought you had three nieces.”  To which she replied, “No, just two.”

 

I returned home several days later, with that dream lingering in my heart, gnawing at me uneasily.

 

Upon my return I received a phone call from the music teacher in our building.  “Vodkamom, I wanted to call and tell you that Jane’s oldest niece was killed in a car accident last week.  I knew you’d want to know.”

 

Stunned, I hung up the phone. 

 

Dreams. 

 

They are fascinating, aren’t they? And sometimes, downright scary.

124 comments:

Dory said...

Goosebumps!

WeaselMomma said...

Wow. That's creepy and cool. Please don't dream about me or my family.

Annabelle said...

Oh my gosh VM, that is scary! And also deeply complex... dreams are so deep and I think there's so much untapped meaning in them...

lisa said...

Dreams are usually the subconscious telling or warning us about something....but, you have to be open to receiving these messages. And it appears that you are.

I enjoy learning about this aspect of our psyche.

G said...

Spooky.

Tammy Howard said...

I have always believed that dreams had deep meanings and could be prophetic.

Creepy (and very sad) example of this.

Mum Gone Mad said...

very strange,and a little scary I expect. Got an award for you over at mine :)if you're into that sort of thing

only a movie said...

I love when that happens - I tend to have dreams like this.
I know it must stop you in your tracks, but it's an awesome reminder of how we're all connected.
xxxooo

zelzee said...

My sister has dreams like that once in awhile.
Premonitions.......scary.

She has to let me know if she dreams about me meeting some sexy hunk..........so I'll know to wear make up that day!

Irish Gumbo said...

(shiver) dipping into the quantam pool of events that is the shared hallucination we call reality, I see...the connectivity of things is scary and amazing, isn't it?

And VM, if you do dream about me (I know, who doesn't?)(grin), please call me the instant you wake up!

Marci said...

Ooh--spooky. And very sad.

The Bee said...

I had a psychic dream once too when I was about 10 years old - no one ever believed me though. Luckily mine just about nintendo though.

Coco said...

I am sure that is a very common name but my grandson's second grade teacher is Jane Brown. We are in Columbus, Georgia.

What a dream. You must have psychic abilities.

darsden said...

OH Wow, and how sad too!

Scope said...

I first started reading this, and was going to make a "James Brown" joke about how "Jane Brown" was the hardest working woman in education.

And then her neice died, so it didn't seem appropriate anymore.

And my psychic dreams never come true.

Dana's Brain said...

I have had two scary dreams about family members that I can remember. Luckily, neither one of those dreams came true. Still - spooky.

♥ Braja said...

Ow

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i think you should get your own tv reality show myself. and when i take the right amount of fish oil one day and was semi-lucid, you could have me on! ha ha ha

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Gaston Studio said...

You must be very susceptible and I'm sure it can bring both joy and sadness. I think the 6 degrees of separation is much less, in some cases anyway.

♥Trina♥ said...

Chills.

Captain Dumbass said...

You and your dreams...

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

My dreams are always odd and entertaining..... never do they give me any insight on life and it's happenings.. just pure entertainment thanks goodness.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Laggin said...

wow.

manker said...

our subconscious is pretty amazing huh?

gp

Mimi Lenox said...

I got chills all over my entire body when I read that. Oh, no, never dismiss dreams. Ask me about that sometime....That was amazing.
And I am so sorry for her loss.

This just means that you are an incredibly intuitive woman with special gifts.
But we all knew that already.

Sherendipity said...

spooky.

tera said...

I have read that our dreams actually take us to other planes of existence. That they are other realities we can't physically travel to.
Which makes me have a couple thoughts:

Are some of those realities SO close that the events sometimes cross into our reality?

Do my other selves dream of this life I am actually living sometimes?

And how do I cross over into the reality where I'm married to George Clooney?

Under the Influence said...

How sad for that family.

I do similar things, usually related to happier events, but it still weirds me out.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

You are a woman of many talents, VKMom - Not all related to drinking us under the table!

An incredible story, ma'am... Love to you! xox

Amy said...

Sounds like you got the sight, girl.

LadyFi said...

Scary - and how tragic!

If you dream about me, please don't tell anyone!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Wow. Like holy crap wow.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Fabulous teacher *and* psychic ... just as well you're using your gifts for the greater good VM! x

Mrs. D said...

I have had some telling dreams, too. The most recent was a couple years ago when I dreamed that I was in the old barn at my grandparents' home. It got really windy, and the barn started creaking loudly. I ran out of it just as it collasped behind me. The next day I learned it really DID collapse overnight during a thunderstorm. Yeah, it was old and we all expected it to eventually cave in, but on the VERY NIGHT I dreamed of it??? Weird.

Jeanne said...

Shivers!

Fragrant Liar said...

I once felt my heart stop and woke up feeling very scared. I sat up in the bed and looked around, thought, "That's weird," And went back to sleep. Later, my husband woke me up to tell me that Ernie, my sweet Persian baby, had been hit by a car down the street. He wasn't even supposed to be outside! I knew I had felt him pass. Won't forget it. So I get what you're saying. Dreams are sometimes more than dreams.

reinventingamy said...

I have had a few dreams like that. Most memorable one was about a guy floating in the air and just feeling thoughts of death coming at me in all directions and then a bright white light and then I woke up. 20mins later- at 1am my mom answered the phone and it was my aunt calling to say Grandpa died within the half hour.

Dreams are weird sometimes, but interesting.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I wonder if it's just an intuitive spirit? But when I hear stories like this, I tend to think, "what's the point?" I mean - if you could change something... But like I said, I think it's just some kind of super-sensitivity thing.

anymommy said...

I think our brains mostly untapped and they really have the power to interpret energy and communicate across distance.

Or a chilling coincidence...

SweetPeaSurry said...

That is truly amazing. It's incredible that happened to you. I tend to have a high level of 'deja vu's'

So sorry she lost her niece though

blessings

♥ Braja said...

And don't you DARE dream of me. I'm too busy...

Anonymous said...

Whoa, any others??

That is wild.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

That kind of stuff scares the crap out of me.

laughingwolf said...

partly psychic, vm :(

Kathy B! said...

Between this and your nephew (I think - don't be hurt if I'm wrong) watching over your daughter I think the slightly psychic thing might not be far off. My mom knew when both her parents died (via a dream) and was up getting dressed before the call ever even came both times.

Lee of MWOB said...

Okay - that is downright freaky. And I never ever want to appear in your dreams unless it's about something utterly fabulous - you hear that??

:-)

Have a great week lady!

phd in yogurtry said...

Oh man, freaky is right! You have some kind of telepathic connection! Whoah!

Very sorry for your friend's niece, though. Do you plan to share your dream at some point?

tamilyn said...

Well, that just gave me the heebie jeebies.

Beth said...

I dreamed about my father talking to my sister and I about being dead before he died. Two mornings later, my mother woke us up with the sad news that he was gone.

I've still hung on to the words in his conversation. It may have only been a dream - but I have no doubt that he was communicating with me. The message was flowers are for the living. And that is why I don't put flowers on his grave. Instead, I buy them for someone else (or me).

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Do me a favor...don't dream about me!

Malisa

Char said...

My dreams are mostly nonsensical, so one like yours would scare the B Jesus outta me. Have you had such dreams before?

Writer Dad said...

Wow, absolutely chilling.

Deb Thaxton said...

-->Can you please dream that I win powerball?

http://thaxtonfam.blogspot.com

Pop and Ice said...

I'm glad I can't remember my dreams....

Joanie said...

When I have dreams like that, I wake up and start making phone calls.

I'm almost never wrong, dammit. And that pisses me off.

Just thinking about it makes me feel woozy.

I'm sorry you're afflicted with the same "gift".

DG

Anna See said...

i'm not sure why this happens, but i sure do believe it does.

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Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

Wow, that's a scary dream, actually might be more of a nightmare!

Angelia Sims said...

I believe there is an energy that people can pick up on. You are obviously more sensitive to this.

Sad and strange but I believe things like this happen all the time.

Brandi said...

So frightening and so sad. I've had strange things like that happen to me before.

Shelley said...

Can you say "Cue the Twilight Zone music?" Wow. Over from SITS. Love your blog.

Katherine said...

How awful! I can't imagine losing a child!

Megan said...

Oh, that gave me goosebumps. Crazy.

tattytiara said...

Aw. What a sad coincidence.

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Yeeeesh!

lauren verity said...

aaaa... thanks for the goosebumps and nauseous feeling in my stomach. this stuff freaks me out!!! happy sits day:)

gaelikaa said...

That must have been an amazing and scary experience.

TheShoppingGirl said...

Happy SITS Day!
Maybe you are a vodka-induced psychic? Love your blog!

cat said...

Oh I agree - this is scary!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Wow, that's weird! I never had any dream like that.

Melissa aka Equidae said...

wow wish i could remember my dreams!

Yaya said...

That is freaky. I've had similar type experiences with my dreams.

Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy said...

Wow, that story makes me happy that I don't ever remember my dreams! Weird!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have never had scary dream like that. Wow!

Christine said...

Yes, they are fascinating! Usually when I have one, it's a nightmare. And then I have to tell myself that they don't often mean what they think we do.
You had a premonition in your dream. Stranger things have happened. I don't know about you, but I would have been analyzing every dream I had after that doozy!

Jen said...

Wow, I have premonitions all the time as do the dead speak to me in my dreams. I thank God daily for my gift.

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Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

Sometimes I think that dreams are like intuition. When I was a teen, i had a dream that my best friend's house was on fire. It was so spooky that I actually went and woke up my mom like I did when I was little. the next day, we found out that my friend's house had in fact, burned the night before. Soooooo freaky!

Mrsbear said...

Wow. Inexplicable. That would've rattled me.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That's really freaky - and makes me nervous about some of the dreams I've been having lately!

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Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

I've had this happen to me before, but never with something so important.

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Shana said...

That's so freaky! I have goosebumps.

leigh said...

Geez...that was freaky.

Kari said...

Wow, goosebumps here, too.

Sturgmom said...

That gave me chills! Has it ever happened to you any other times?

I can't specifically remember a time I've had a dream like that, but I'm convinced that deja vu comes from something I've dreamed and don't consciously remember.

Marie said...

I remember all of my dreams and I haven't ever had one come true like that before..Spooky, was that the only time that happened to you?

Laura said...

Dreams can be a bit unnerving at times. My oldest daughter has these types of dreams quite often & since they started when she was 17 (she's 20 now), they really freak her out, especially if it's about someone dying.

Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms said...

Yeah, some can be eary.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I've learned to be sensitive to my dreams, while not overreacting or reading too much into them. I'm sure that one has made you do the same.

~Liz

AmericanTribal said...

You know, I don't find that strange at all. I was raised to embrace that kind of "thing." :)

We only use like, what, 5% of our brain? Imagine the possibilities if we used more... I think, especially in a dream state, occassionally our brains use 6 or 7% and we have a little peek into things that we didn't know were possible.

Leiah said...

Wow ~ that had to be a little unnerving. Was this something that had happened before, or again? Stopping by from SITS ~ congrats on finally getting your day!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

Oh. Uck. So sad for your teacher friend. What a horrible loss. You are correct - dreams can be scary indicators.

Heather said...

Oh that was just creepy. I'm so sorry for her loss and I can't imagine what this was actually like to experience.

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Skooks said...

So far it hasn't been so, but everytime I have a scary dream I wake up terrified that I'm a prophet.

How sad to hear of her loss.

Heather said...

Stopping by from SITS. Love your blog, following you now. Wow that dream is just freaky, but I have had similar things happen. Makes me wonder about all my dreams.

Brandi said...

Stopping by from SITS. So very awful. A child should never die before a parent. And how weird that you had that dream!

Joann Mannix said...

Gosh. That just gives me chills. I do believe in dreams and especially women's psychic abilities when it comes to children.

When one of my daughters was small, I dreamt she was in a fire. I woke up to her crying and she had an incredibly high fever.

Really something. Thanks for sharing.

Mommie Daze (Colleen) said...

Scary! I think I'd be afraid to go to sleep after that.

Tonya said...

That gives me goosebumps...very scary to have a dream like that!

Kmama said...

Dreams can be so freaky. I have dreams like that a lot. I had a dream about my son having a seizure the night before he had his second seizure. This is before he was diagnosed with epilepsy. It's spooky.

I just recently had a dream that my BFF lost her baby (she's only 9 weeks along) and I refuse to share that with her until the baby is born.

Kearsie said...

Yikes.

Scariest dream I ever had: I dreamed my daughter who was 5 at the time was stabbing me.

I know, creepy.

Writer Mommy said...

I am a true believer in the validity of dreams sometimes. I believe that some dreams are really predictions of the future.

Too bad this was such a sad situation though.

Alley said...

I have always found things like that eerie. That will forever stick with you, I am sure.

Meanbean said...

whoa....oh man. See, things like this disturb me..I have crazy, but realistic dreams constantly. That'd be fine, except I remember them in vivid detail each day. I'm so sorry that happened, and how crazy to have dreamt about it like that. This just makes me want to hug you, for no reason that I can pinpoint.

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

Stopping by from SITS. Yes dreams are ... spooky. I have had many cases like yours! Scares the crap out of me

Chaotic Kristy said...

dreams are mysterious aren't they. I recently had one about my dad and it turned out to be partly true. Sometimes I get these a lot and want to go back to sleep to change them.

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Robin said...

Wow. Absolutely eerie. People are incredibly intuitive, whether we know it or not! How incredibly sad about her niece.

-Robin

marit said...

whoa, that's intense. i've had dreams that have been little insights into the real world. very helpful oftentimes. this one sounds pretty sad/creepy though. thanks for sharing! def sent shivers down my spine!

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Wow. I'm so sorry for your friend's loss. Stopping by from SITS.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Yikes:( That is so eerie.

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That was pretty intense! Sounds like you're pretty in tune with your instincts.

Bentley Boutique said...

Wow, that's scary. I've been listening to my dreams for years. Sometimes they are literal, sometimes they are metaphoric... but always right on.

Mama Kat said...

Oh my gosh how devastating for them! Please don't ever dream about my family mkay?

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

I have goosebumps too! I have had some dreams that have told me things that I wouldn't ordinarily know. I think that it is God's way of sometimes giving us some information that we need.

I am so sorry for your friend! I have four nieces and each one is like a daughter to me. I can't imagine!

Pastor Sharon said...

Oh I do not like these types of dreams. I have been there done that and was haunted until it was over. . .

Bano said...

Wow, totally freaky!

mom2kmjx2 said...

Oh, How sad.

Andrea said...

Yes, I have chills!

The Green Family said...

That is really scary..I believe in deja vu and our dreams...interesting story thanks for sharing.

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

That is scary but I do believe very much in dreams, deja vu, and a intuition. The mind is a powerful thing.

thatgirlisfunny said...

We really are all connected. Remember in the movie Avatar, how the native people blend with the beings and beasts of their planet. We do that too. We're not as aware or as open. It's magic that you had a premonition given to you through a dream. Very special, indeed. One of God's chosen.

Michelle said...

Wow!

MommyToTwoBoys said...

That is scary and sad. A blogger friend of mine had a scary story also, where her older son knew she was pregnant long before she found out. He told her the baby was in her tummy and then 9 months later...