I had a dream once. For the birds, I might add.
I dreamed I discovered a new species of warm-weather penguin. They were native to North America. And the reason they had gone unnoticed until now was because they existed in only one place: my patio.
And since my patio is private, the penguins had been left to their own devices.
But how had I not seen them before now? Well, in the dream my patio was a veritable jungle, with grass growing directly from the smooth concrete floor, tree branches sprouting from the fence railing and joists and latticework, and all manner of ivy and understory growth filling the area.
Yet it wasn’t just the penguins that I discovered. No, it was much better than that.
In the dream, I rolled over in bed and looked out the windows that line the wall. This is not at all unusual in the real world as it’s something I do all the time.
Nevertheless, the scene outside the windows was unfamiliar, all green and growing and wild, although in the dream this seemed perfectly normal, and as I watched, much to my delighted shock, a penguin hopped up from behind tall grass and settled near the window into what was no doubt a nest. (In truth, in the dream I seemed not to notice what brought the penguin to the window, although I knew inherently that it was a nest.)
And as I watched the bird and became increasingly excited, somehow knowing this was a new species, a most unusual thing occurred—as if seeing a penguin on my patio in the middle of Dallas, TX, was not already unusual.
The penguin settled into its nest even as a capuchin monkey knelt down beside it and began petting it.
So you see, beyond the discovery of this new penguin species living right here in Dallas—right here on my patio—my dream also included the discovery of a heretofore unknown colony of North American capuchin monkeys.
But it gets better! These discoveries, as marvelous as they seem, were made even more miraculous by the apparently unusual friendship between the two species. A relationship not seen anywhere else on the planet. Except on my patio.
And henceforth, my patio was always surrounded by observers and explorers, all interested in these magnificent discoveries and whatever other secrets the jungle of my patio might yet contain.
Most agreeable to me was that I never had to get out of bed to make any of the discoveries, nor to report them, nor to realize how these finds brought all manner of curious people and scientific types right to my home. In point of fact, all this happened without me ever having to leave the comfort of my own bed.
Now, I wonder what Freud would say about all this…
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- Male great-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
- Male wood duck (Aix sponsa)