Monday, April 24, 2006

There's no place like home...

Ok, I'll throw this out there right at the beginning of this post so no one is left confused. I am not in any way a believer in premonition or that dreams have meanings. I roll my eyes when my older sister declares that she dreamt of an impending disaster and that we should all avoid visiting a particular place at a particular time. I snort with laughter when people tell me they are a big Nostradamus fan. I mentally restrain myself from making a derisive comment when my mother tells me she drove home from work via a different route because she had a 'feeling'. I may be extremely gullible when it comes to many other subjects, but not with this one.

Now, in my last post, I mentioned that I had been having nightmares lately. One of my nightmares was about tornadoes. This is a recurring bad dream, I have them rather often and I always wake up terrified. Now, my older sister is fascinated by these monsters. She loves watching documentaries about tornadoes, knows pretty much all there is to know about them and is scarily close to wanting to move to the US just to be closer to them (I've suggested on numerous occasions that she should actually speak to someone who has lost their home or loved one to a tornado before making the big move).

I was speaking to Mum about these dreams and how it's funny that Jo is fascinated while I can't sleep properly due to them (although I must admit I am rather fascinated too...). Mum enlightened me that my younger sister Barb is terrified too. And so I ended up speaking to Barb about our fear and of my nightmares.

This is going somewhere, I promise.

Anyhow, I was telling Barb about the dreams I had had, but the one that keeps recurring is one where I am driving along Roe highway, just out of Midland and there is a tornado coming towards me from west. Barb butts in and exclaims that she has had exactly the same dream many a time and that we couldn't both have been dreaming about the same thing. It wasn't that I recounted my dream and she said it was the same - she was literally finishing my sentences describing the dream. When we stopped and thought about it, this has happened before.

A year or two back, I had phoned Barb one morning and she commented that I sounded rather tired. I said that yes, I was, I'd been up half the night after having some really weird dreams. Not scary dreams or nightmares, but just odd dreams. She said that she had been too and asked what I had been dreaming about. I told her that I had been dreaming about being back in primary school but I left out the bit about me spending most of the dream in one of the toilet blocks as I thought that was just too weird. She goes 'Oh, I had a dream about being back in primary school too. But I was in the toilet block by the music room'. Exactly where I had been in my dream.

Now, I just think that that's just darned weird. Why on earth would my sister and I be having the exact same dreams, not only once, but twice (that we know about anyway)? I know we're close, she's my best friend and she married my husbands best friend, but surely we're not that close. The only thing that could make this any weirder is if Flora tells me she's dreamed about being in the toilets at my old primary school.

6 comments:

Charybdis said...

A coworker's sister and brother-in-law had just finished their $300,000, two-story log cabin. Less than a week later a tornado leveled it. They lost everything but what was in the basement where they hid out. The highest pile of rubble wasn't even four foot high.

It was a major money sink, and I don't know think insurance even remotely covered everything they had put into it. They had to resort to building a regular house because it was cheaper.

ScarletManuka said...

Do you get many tornadoes near you Chary? I've read that a lot of them happen in Texas, but we get a lot of cyclones in WA but none really near Perth so I guess just because you live in Texas won't mean you have lots of tornadoes near you.

accipiter said...

One day I was in Texas or Oklahoma or someplace like that, and I heard on the radio that there were likely to be tornadoes. I went outside to have a look around at the sky. It was covered in dark gray swirling clouds, probably at least close to a hundred swirling pre-tornadoes way high up. Most of them never amounted to anything, but several of them did reach the ground a few miles away. It was a good sight for encouraging you to check on your storm shelter.

accipiter, again said...

Now that I think on it, that happened at Fort Hood. So it was in Texas.

Charybdis said...

We get a fair number near us. Generally we have several warnings (one is possible) and two or three watches (one is spotted) a year. Every ten years or so we have to hide in the hall.

The closest we ever had was about a half mile south-east of us. It happened the same night that downtown Ft Worth was hit a couple of years ago, and ours was bigger.

LaMa said...

I happen to know a couple of meteorologist who go on Tornado hunts.

Weird with those dreams Nettie....