Friday, 03 June 2016

What your dreams reveal

In a dream, Jane Green looked down at her feet and saw a pair of grotty slippers – and her waking hours have never been the same since

Written by Jane Green
his morning my husband left early for a court case, and I drifted back to sleep. The second sleep is a thing of beauty, but it is also a thing of bizarre and strangely realistic dreams. I never remember my actual dreams, but my second-sleep dreams can stay with me for days.

I woke up after the second sleep having had an extraordinarily vivid dream where I had been to a party held by a couple I know vaguely, but a couple I find slightly intimidating. The husband is very friendly, but the wife is very strange. I found myself, in the dream, in their giant house, rather pleased with myself because I wasn’t intimidated in the slightest – I was having a lovely time.

Until I looked down at my feet and saw that I had come to the party with slippers on. And not the kind of slippers that could pass as chic, or deliberate, but the kind of slippers that were quite clearly on my feet by mistake.

And although I was asleep, I felt awash with shame. The slippers proved I didn’t really belong; the slippers proved I wasn’t really good enough to be at their house.

It was just like those terrible naked dreams I used to have as a child. It always involved showing up at school for an orchestra or chorus recital, and realising, halfway through, that I had forgotten to put my clothes on. I was always mortified, even though – and thank the stars for this – no one in my dream ever seemed to notice that I was naked.

I haven’t had one of those naked dreams for many, many years, but the feeling of showing up to this party with fuzzy grey slippers was almost as bad, so I looked up the meaning of the dream. Apparently I am feeling vulnerable or insecure. I may be afraid someone is about to discover something secret about me, and if I haven’t already revealed it, the dream is telling me perhaps I should. I have been desperately trying to work out why I might be feeling vulnerable, but can’t think of anything.

I will also confess to wearing slippers at all times. I recently found a pair with an all-purpose rubber sole, which means I never have to take them off. Perhaps that’s the secret. I may look like a high-heel kind of girl, but scratch the surface and I’m a slipper girl through and through. 

Summer Secrets by Jane Green is published by Pan, priced £7.99

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