I woke up in tears and in joy
I dreamed about my dad. It was like a movie reel through time.
I saw him clearly. I saw how he interacted with his friends, his golf buddies. He was generous with the younger guys. He tried to give them advice. He gave a young man some pocket money to go out and enjoy dinner with his friends.
I was sitting there, a kid, observing at the table side. Like I often did when I was little amongst adults.
I saw other people I knew in flashbacks; 20 years younger. I saw my aunt and uncle and myself circa 1990s; grainy imagery.
Through the dream, my father’s features changed. I watched him as he aged and his hair turned silver. Through it all he was his animated self, full of life! Only older, but he was never less authoritative.
This dream began and ended with me picking up his medical records. I spoke to a nurse for a moment before tears came down my chins. A good cry.
I woke up in tears and in joy.