Wednesday, 28 January 2009

I had a dream

I dreamt last night that I was at my grandparents. Things about their bungalow were different, and the garden (half-way up Oliver's Mount in Scarborough, on a forty-five degree slope) had been levelled. But the most memorable thing was that Charlie was there too, sitting on my Grandpa's knee, being bounced up and down. I was so pleased that they had seen him; proud of Charlie, too. And I could see my Grandpa smiling.

21 comments:

  1. Fortunately all 4 of my grandparents were around for all three of my children. (I started super early, they lived super long). I have dreams about the houses of both sets of grandparents. They are always extremely comforting dreams.

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  2. I'm guessing that your gandparents are no longer around, Dot, or else most of this fantasy could quite easily be made to come true :=)

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  3. That's a lovely dream! I wish I had dreams like that ... and not that I'm running away from a giant mechanical spider. No more cheese before bed!

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  4. This was comforting, too, Urban Panther - and extremely sad, too, as I somehow knew it was a dream even as I dreamt it. There was my Grandpa talking about the garden; grandma was in the kitchen. So familiar, and so impossible to achieve Gadjo, as none of my grandparents are around. Funnily enough there's a link to real spiders, Laura. My grandparents always tolerated spiders in the house, never killing them or even seeing the need to move them (though Grandma certainly destroyed their homes!). Scary for a small boy, I can tell you!

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  5. Hello, D, what memories you awake for me - first cambridge then scarborough, two wonderful places.

    Yes, i dreamt about my (late) Gran the night before my daughter's christening and the next day imagined her bein there and charming everyone (and getting pissed) xxxxxxx

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  6. Strange the tricks that dreams play on us, but it was a happy dream.

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  7. My grandparents were long dead before my children were born.

    Scarborough! That brings back childhood memories. As a family, we used to stay at the Grand Hotel for Christmas (we lived in Leeds then). I remember having a great time and getting to bed very late.

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  8. What a lovely dream...but the spiders. Oh the spiders!

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  9. The good thing to remember, is that both you and Charlie are part of your Granparent's genes and your memories are there to be shared with future generations too.

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  10. Having grandparents who lived at Scarborough was certainly the highlight of my childhood, Jenny. Beach holidays for free, and when I was older, the cricket festival. Happy times!

    It was, CW, and I've been pondering - since posting - about why it should have happened last night. Then I remembered I was talking to someone at the toddler group about her own mother, who had died on Christmas Eve, and she was saying what a shame it was that her daughter, aged two, would not remember 'Grandma Olga'.

    My word, the Grand eh? Very superior, DD - although I can actually trump that by telling you that it was designed by a (very) distant relative - Cuthbert Broderick. I wanted to Christen Charlie 'Cuthbert' in his memory, but Sarah would have none of it!

    And they always seemed so BIG in Scarborough, NB! And very fast.

    Well, their influence on me will certainly live on, Jinksy, and will therefore filter through to Charlie. Worth remembering, as you say.

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  11. Such wonderful connections, still linking us to the past!

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  12. Thats very comforing isn't it ? I lost my grampa when I was 9 and still think he was the best

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  13. Awww.
    I wish my Grandparents could have meet C.

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  14. Who said 'we are what the past has made us' WoNI? I think we understand the sentiment.

    Charlie's and Sally have both still got a 'full set' as-it-were, of very much-loved grandparents, AG. Long may it continue.

    I know precisely what you mean, Jen. I wonder why we feel this way? Is it for our grandparents benefit, or our childrens?

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  15. They'd be smiling right back at you!!! Lovely :)

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  16. Hi, Just found you through YM's blog! First let me say how gorgeous Charlie is and what a good job you're all doing with him! Your dream is wonderful, I'm sure your granddad is still around in spirit and will appreciate Charlie. Call me a dreamer but I believe that our dear departed ones are still around in spirit (and I'm not really talking about heaven!!). Love Scarborough, just a stone's throw from York where I live. Wish you a lovely weekend. Ciao. Antonella

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  17. You're right, they would Mal!

    Well, thanks Antonella. (You're name doesn't sound very 'Yorkshire' if you don't mind my mentioning!) I envy you living in York - still one of my all-time favourite places.

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  18. Was it coincidence that you had this dream almost 17 years to the day that Grandma died?

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  19. Goodness, I had no idea! Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

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  20. Sorry, i've come late to this post. But my grandparents lived in Scarborough. I lived in Boston too, for many years. Small world, isn't it?

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  21. Well, indeed it is Dave. Who'd have thought, eh?

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