What your Daydreams say about you

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It is a place of sanctuary and a cause for a lifetime of trouble. People who either can't or don't daydream are a sad lot. They're stuck wherever they are with no escape and they often react rather negatively when they see others 'go elsewhere for awhile, without leaving the room.' Many teachers were that way, now that I think (daydream) about it.

It was a time before the advent of educators, when they actually taught things in school. Most teachers were hams at heart. When they'd notice you looking out the window or, worse yet, sleeping, it went straight to their ego. The hardest time for the schoolmarm was when I'd ace the final exam. To one of them in particular, my daydreams meant that I was ungrateful. It was high school biology class. For the whole first semester, I padded the long term leaf collecting project with lots of empty pages between the ten or so leaves, turned in almost no homework and daydreamed or slept through most of the classes. There she sat with real tears welling up in her eyes, trembling with anger, castigating for my ingratitude and lack of ambition. "Do you have any idea how many kids struggle, study day and night and come to me for extra help, just to get a C in this course?" The final exam was shaking in her hand with a big red 96 scrawled on the face; the second highest grade in the class.

Over the forty five years that have passed since that event, there have been many occasions when I've suspected some kind of pathology in connection with this ability to freely travel the universe and the vast expanse of history, without even getting out of bed. It can make getting out of bed a rather dismal experience when all that is waiting for you in the real world is a parade of hungry people who expect you to fetch their food. Sometimes, while waiting in line at the bar or walking to the kitchen to turn in an order, I experience deep regret for having left my warm bed and Sophia Loren for such ignominy.

Daydreams can provide interesting company when you have to be around people who inspire narcolepsy. A long driving trip can go by rather quickly when you engage the automatic pilot.' The best thing about it is the manufacturer can't charge you extra for the feature. The best thing about daydreams is that they have a good shelf-life. They can be packed up with all of the real life experiences and the love you've shared with others when it's time to leave. Try doing that with your house or bank account.

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