Dr. Seuss for survivors

Maybe it was a bad idea to keep flipping between “So you think you can dance” auditions and the movie “Crazy/Beautiful.”

In my dream, there was a book, a lot like a Dr. Seuss book in its words and pictures, but it was about a young girl who was molested by some adult in authority, perhaps the school principal or something like that.

During some parts of the dream, it was like living the story instead of reading it in the book; I was some mid-level staff person at a large school event — part entertainment like a football game or dance, part emergency shelter like after a natural disaster. Sometimes I interacted with the girl or the adult, but sometimes I just saw both of them from a distance.

The whole thing had an appearance of innocence or at least good covering up, but a strong sinister undertone that provoked suspicion. As if it started with something like the adult nicely dancing with the girl at the school dance, and only later developed into something perverted.

By the end of the book, there’s a picture of the girl as a sexy bad girl, describing how she had become what she had to be to satisfy others, but you could tell she was lost and dead inside.


I think a lot of the dream is just rehashing and recombining images and ideas from the bits of the movie I saw. The Dr. Seuss imagery may come partly from the fact that I’ve got baby books in the house and partly from the fact that a child was a major character in the dream.

What resonates is the idea of the pretty surface hiding things that won’t be talked about, and the idea of adapting to others’ expectations by losing the self.

Joe often suggested that different characters in a dream reflect different aspects of the dreamer. It’s interesting to consider in what ways I may be like the girl and the adult, although not exactly alike in the particulars — one who is betrayed, whose boundaries have been violated, who finds it difficult to interpret when other people’s behavior is harmful and when it is innocent; and one who betrays, who plows through other people’s boundaries, who finds it difficult to interpret one’s own behavior.


3 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss for survivors

  1. ahhh, weird dreams. I had one the other night… but I can never remember them after an hour of being awake! Odd.

    Wow, that was a lame story. I apologize.

    I do love how you can take even those bizarre dreams that don’t seem to make much sense and find a deeper philosophical side to consider. oh how I miss all those chats we used to have… you, me and Jenny ought to have a three-way PHONE CONVERSATION sometime. 😉

  2. I am not a fan of such dreams and choose to think it’s just a dream and that’s all, because it gives me comfort! LOL!

    I am really enjoying your answers to some of these I AM Bible study Q’s!!!!! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  3. I used to write my dreams down as soon as I woke up — that helped me learn to recall them. While I think God can use dreams to speak to us, I don’t think any of my dreams are straight prophecy of the sort mentioned in the Bible. I do think they’re an interesting window into my own soul, especially the parts I am not able to directly connect with on a conscious level. I think the idea of a separation from self, or parts of the self, fits in perfectly with the other separations that occurred in the Fall.

    Elizabeth, I can find a deeper philosophical side to anything, lol — remember talking about not needing to open a jar of peanut butter to the glory of God? Sometimes the philosophizing gets out of hand, just like any other personal characteristic can, but overall I like this aspect of my personality.

    Sandi, I’m glad my comment at your blog didn’t come across as preachy. So far I am enjoying the study secondhand, and perhaps I ought to join in myself.

    I was thinking about you earlier today and your quotation about encouragement. One of my big issues in life is trying to understand how A can love B, approve of B, encourage B, without always condoning, agreeing with, enthusing about, B’s choices / preferences. I’ve been meaning to ask you how you do that with your kids — how do you deal with situations where they choose or prefer something you don’t like (whether it’s sinful or merely a difference in taste)?

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