Recurring Dreams

I stand at the end of my street when a passenger jet screams by overhead. In a steep bank and at too low an altitude, the plane looks to be desperately trying to reach the end of the runway nearest my house. I cover my ears to prepare for certain impact. And with a gentle but swift motion the airplane's left wing tip makes contact with the ground before the rest of the fuselage crumples on top of it. In a much shorter distance than I than I expect the jet comes to a rest leaning against a tree. There is some smoke that turns into fire but otherwise little commotion. So I wait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

for the sound of sirens and the traffic tie-ups of nearby motorists. Thus begins my latest chapter in a lifetime of recurring dreams.

This is the third in my series of plane crash dreams and the first to be set near my home in Queens. I am always surprised by how vivid they are (I awake each time ready to turn on the television news for information about what I have just witnessed) and how each features the same calmness while I wait for the first responders to reach the site. And there is one other thing that gives me comfort: I never actually see any victims.

Generally I dream in the morning. And more than once I have been able to pinpoint an exact moment of deja vu that's leaped from my dreams to reality. But it is the recurring ones that I remember seemingly forever.

My first recurring dreams innocently involved girls and flying; not necessarily in combination. After I finished college I kept having dreams that involved either misplacing my high school locker combination or not being able to locate the locker at all. These dreams morphed into not being prepared for a final exam that counted for my entire semester grade. From there my sub conscience abandoned school and placed me in a scenario where I had a destination that I never seemed to be able to reach. And now I have started experiencing plane crashes.

Even though it sounds like my dreams quietly transitioned from one episode to another, this is not the case. With each variant I experience at 5 separate instances before that story is quietly retired, never to be repeated.

paul, Nov 8 2005 9:02PM

dreams are always strange and fascinating to me. I have also had those deja vu moments. recently at a job interview where the interviewer is about to ask me a strange personal question that i answer before she finishes asking. i remember having this question asked of me in a dream. she much to her surprise asks how did you know i was going to ask that in which i reply i have no idea. i think i freaked her out a bit though.

paul, Nov 8 2005 9:06PM

also my mother reminded me recently that i used to have dreams and sleep walk for a whole year back when i was 15 years old. i do remember waking up in strange places like the closed off porch and in the hallway in the basement. my parents even tried locking the door of my room but somehow in my dream state i would open the door and walk around the house. i spooked the hell out of them the first couple of times.

dawg, Nov 9 2005 1:57PM

Re: airplane dreams: just sat thru the first two episodes of "LOST" via DVD and those plane experiences might lead one to dream mighty terrible things.

mark, Nov 9 2005 3:30PM

dawg: for the amount of realism i experience with these dreams i must have seen something on television or a movie to inform them. i don't know exactly what that may be, though.

paul: i, too have woken up in strange places but i don't think it is from sleep walking. overdrinking in college did strange things to the mind.