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Late For The Exam March 13, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, People.

It’s been years since school let out the last time for me.

Decades pass.  My dreams pull me back . . . a cyclical nightmare that circles round, no end in sight.

I have an exam . . . 100% of my grade.  The entire semester depends on what we can enumerate and regurgitate in the three-hour time slot alloted for filling up Blue Books.

White Rabbit, by John Tenniel (in Public Domain)

I’m late!  I can’t recall the room number for the exam . . . wait!

It’s in my locker!

I rush through endless empty law school corridors devoid of students due to the lateness of the hour.

I arrive breathless.

I reach out to tumble the tumbler, and pause.

The combination has gone missing . . . I can’t remember the beginning, the middle, or the end.

The locker remains locked.  The key to the exam stored within.


I wrote the combination down at the beginning of the semester and stuffed it in my wallet . . . with relief, I reach for my purse.

My purse is gone, nowhere in sight . . . its customary spot on my shoulder is devoid of weighty strap.

Where did I leave it?

Hurry . . . Think . . . No time to waste!

Yes!  I remember . . . I locked my purse in the locker for safe keeping.

I glance at the locker, willing the combination to materialize.  It will not.

The clock ticks . . . Time’s up!
The clock ticks . . . Give up!
The clock ticks . . . Wake up!

Wake up?!

Yay! Time to get up!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you have any recurrent dreams that visit with regularity despite their ostensible lack of relevance to current life conditions?

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