I was repairing an interior wall corner's joint tape this afternoon, re-taping and patching and re-painting (and no one should inspect the results with any critical opinion, unless that one should want to belly up to the spackling bar and do me a re-do of the re-do.) There I am, in my element (or not), and the College Boy Graham remarks to me from in the kitchen, "It's not even close to Christmas, you know."
I was singing Jingle Bell Rock.
Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock,
Jingle bell ring and jingle bell swing...
I had no idea I was singing. Much less, singing a Christmas song. Obviously (to me, anyway), my subconscious was somewhere besides late-summer rural Kansas. My mind was off in Snowsville. Winter Wonderland. Holly-jollying it while I edged the joint compound onto the walls. Visiting the Littlest Snowman with the Red Candy Heart.
Our minds: interesting things, no? I was listening to NPR or BBC yesterday, and heard an article about an American para-Olympian swimmer who just last year had lost his sight in Afghanistan. One thing he said really gave me pause to think: he said that he dreams and in his dreams he has sight, and then he wakes, and realizes he is blind. What is a sad reality. Very sad.
Our brains, our minds. Such interesting organs. I have studied several languages. One of my college majors was German. And having lived in Egypt, I studied Arabic and became conversational in it (as long as I was talking to the trash man or the ironing man or the stable owner or whomever I met on a regular basis.) And before life in Egypt, and upon returning from Egypt, my jobs were airlines: Flight Attendant.
So, know now, that some of my BEST dreams entail flying (never bad dreams, but always exciting take-offs and landings from places in Europe that I have experienced), and occasionally, the dream is "auf Deutsch" or "bil Arabi".
Who knows why my mind goes to those places. They are always pleasant dreams.
And so - Jingle Bell Rock? I am thinking: Simply, subconsciously, looking forward to winter.
Oh, yes. Walking in the Winter Wonderland...