He said “You weren’t on board with the Army coming into town. You didn’t have anything positive to say about it.” I listened and considered what he said, and only when I was certain that I knew what I wanted to say did I come back with “No, that was the other guy.”
I swaddled Tom in the blanket we’d been laying on and then the dream changed. I was carrying him wrapped up just like a baby through a house. I walked past several kids who either didn’t notice us or didn’t recognize that we weren’t family members. I opened a big barn door that slid along a metal slider on the floor. Outside, I saw a deep and crystal clear pond on the other side of a dirt road. The scene resembled an oasis. A couple stood on the lip of the pond and they were clearly in love. Suddenly, the woman dove into the water with her clothes and shoes on. I appreciated her spontaneity and envied her because I knew how cleansing and inviting the water was. I could sense it.
I continued walking through the house, holding Tom in my arms. I was looking for the front door and I found one with a baby stroller in front of it. A young boy sitting on a couch behind me said “Don’t move the baby buggy.” So, I walked off and found another door with another buggy in front of it. This time, the boy said “Don’t move the baby in the buggy.” And I thought to myself “Bullshit. The baby and the buggy are getting moved because I want OUT.” So – out past the baby we went and I found myself in someone’s backyard at the end of a sidewalk overlooking a pond at my feet. It was shared by the neighbor to the right – the pond went under their shared fence – and I wondered why anyone would buy a property with a pond so big that it took up the entire yard.
But I didn’t stop to wonder why I was carrying Tom Cruise around swaddled in a blanket.