Based on my scientific survey of the teachers I have spoken to in the past week or so, I am not alone in having bizarre back to school dreams. Any teacher I didn't talk to and has a trick for not dreaming about school, please let me know because I wake up all flummoxed and cranky. I am aware that these dreams are a result of thinking a lot about school, anxiety/excitement for the new year, and a little bit of brain vomit. But for the sake of my blogging readership and some funsies, I went to the first dream interpretation guide I found on Google to examine potential dream messages. After all, "acquiring the ability to interpret your dreams is a powerful tool. In analyzing your dreams, you can learn about your deep secrets and hidden feelings" (dreammoods.com). Let's do this!
Dream #1: I am getting a haircut, but my principal is the one cutting my hair. It is awkward.
My interpretation: I probably should get my hair cut before school starts. My principal is kind of awkward.
Dream dictionary interpretation: To dream that someone is giving you a haircut suggests that you are experiencing a decreased sense of power. You feel you are being criticized unfairly. Alternatively, your dream haircut symbolizes a fresh start. You are shedding some unwanted aspect of yourself.
Reaction: Whoa! I must totally be experiencing a decreased sense of power because it is an authority figure cutting my hair!! He's not really critical though, he mostly makes kindly suggestions. I am getting a fresh start in a new building though...points for the dictionary!
Dream #2: I am frantic on the first day of school and running around like a fool. I am given the news that one of my classes is going to be split up to make my other classes bigger, and I'm losing my planning time. During these extra hours, I will have to serve as school nurse. I panic because I don't know how to be a nurse.
My interpretation: Hmm. Could this really happen? With budget cuts all over the place, maybe teachers will have to take shifts doling out band aids or waxing the floors. What if a kid barfs on me??? If it's slow enough, maybe I could still get some grading done.
Dream dictionary interpretation: I find it odd that there is an entry for nurse and wet nurse, but not school nurse. Here's what nurse said: To dream that you are a nurse suggests that you need to show more compassion in a situation.
Reaction: Harsh! I'm totally compassionate. I was grossed out by the dream students though, so maybe they're who I need to be nicer to.
Dream #3: I am approached by the school band director and asked to help out with the marching band. I love band and am totally excited! I am a chaperone on the bus to a competition. When I get off the bus, I'm told that there's been a misunderstanding - I'm not there as a chaperone, but I'm needed as a substitute player because some kid got sick. They get me a uniform and a trombone, and send me on the field. I don't know the music or the drill, and I'm very stressed.
My interpretation: Between the new school year approaching and the big move, this has been a stressful time for me. Maybe I feel like I need more guidance. Also, I am an incredible dweeb.
Dream dictionary interpretation: To see or be in a marching band (This is common???) indicates that you are a team player and able to work in harmony for a common cause. You show great discipline. Also, to see or play a trombone in your dream represents success in love.
Reaction: Oh yeah! I am AWESOME!!!