Dreamed 2000/11/5 by Wayan
I'm building the World Dream Bank. Work all day, relentlessly. Edit twenty or more dreamtales--all eleven in my small-press book Birth Dreams, then comb the rest of June '93, then most of July.
Take some breaks to eat, stretch, read, but... I really overdid it. Up late. Can't do this! This isn't a college paper where I can pile up sleep-debt and catch up on the holidays. This is the holiday--the Long Hauliday. To build this thing, I have to read and judge ten thousand more dreams. I'd better pace.
Mom bursts in my bedroom, up for a nag. She drags
a huge box of used clothes she's sure I'll wear--
toddlers' jumpsuits, little-girl princess gowns, a fat stack
of baggy pants for geezers built like tanks not lanky me,
all checkered hideous. Litter my floor like seaweed plaid
festooning a beach after Typhoon Burpo the Clown.
Mom declares "No one cares about your stupid dreams,
She clarifies. She means genes! "Ugh, your dad's
In sails my painting teacher Verity. Not a word. She
WHAT'S IT ALL MEAN?
Now, years later, I know I do have a genetic weakness--just not the character-weakness my mom implied. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a mutation damaging my collagen. Weakness, easy bruising, headaches, dislocations, gluten intolerance, a weak immune system, AND Asperger syndrome--IQ off the scale, but strange senses and limited social tolerance.
But we Aspies do love our work! In a neurotypical human, a huge crazy project like a library of a thousand dreams might signal neurosis, avoiding some other problem. But for an Aspie, it's kinda... normal. These days I just go with the creative flow. Just try to pace it--rest, stretch, remember to eat. And in 2000, I often didn't.
Until this dream. I did pace myself better, and the nag-dreams faded. Sorry, mom, didn't even look for a dayjob, just did my art. Over the next year, I built the World Dream Bank. Millions of readers later, my mom looks wrong about that.
Thanks, O Gentle Reader, O No One, for caring about my stupid dreams.
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