I rarely remember my dreams, certainly not in this detail. (That's Sleeping Beauty, by the way, not me.)
I am returning home from abroad. I lock up the home where I am staying with Jaya and start taking public transportation – trolley, bus, etc. (Real: Jaya lives atop a mountain in Tuscany with no cities around.) When I’m almost to the airport, I realize that I do not have my suitcase with me.
At first I think okay, so I’ll have to wait until next time Jaya comes to visit and she’ll bring me my suitcase, no big deal, but then it hits me. No suitcase means no passport and no ticket. I arrive at the airport but don’t know where to go. Without my ticket, I don’t know which airline company to talk to.
There are kiosks and casual tables set up with people selling things – like the Nairobi airport when I was there in the 90s – but they can’t help me. Then I remember: I’ve forgotten the dog. (Real: I’ve never had a dog, a cat, or anything bigger than the one-inch turtle my mother let dry up and die the only time I went to camp for a week. However, I did see the movie “Tea with Mussolini” last night and it was Judi Dench's dog that I forgot in my dream.)
The dog’s a problem, I know, but I keep trying to find the airline, when it hits me. I have forgotten my laptop as well. Okay, now I know that I cannot fly. I can do without underpants or mammalian comfort – but I can’t do without my laptop.
Suddenly I arrive at the perhaps proper counter and my friend X is working there. (Real: X makes the best mandelbrot known to human tongues and in real life is extremely generous). However, it is about 4:45 and she gets off at 5:00. She doesn’t really want to deal with this situation. I ask her to switch me to tomorrow, and she says she might lose her job. Instead she offers me a chocolate from the nearby box. I push her to do something and she desultorily surfs around her computer until it is 5:00 and that’s that.
I’ve never missed a flight before (for real) and so I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if she has let them know and cancelled or rescheduled for me. X leaves and so I must as well. I figure I have to go back to Jaya’s house but I cannot remember where I hid the key. Despite being mildly stressed and annoyed by all of this, I am never really freaked or distraught.
And that, perhaps, was the part most unlike reality.