Okay, I know everyone is waiting with baited breath for the whole rundown on the surgery and my recovery so far but while in the hospital I was on a Dilaudid drip which actually caused hallucinations. I saw scampering little kitties everywhere, big jovial, multi-colored rats and happy polar bears made of bed linens. That hospital had a regular infestation of capering, playful animals! So while the hallucinations weren’t actually threatening in any way I was a little worried about taking Dilaudid in pill form when I came home and wanted to relate to my children in some semblance of normality. The pain finally got to me and no hallucinations but I have the most delightful (and some not so delightful) dreams to relate. Just some cute stuff to help brighten my otherwise rather dim days wrapped in what is often unbearable pain.
So, dream number One: The Chicken Ghost Whisperer.
Mrs. Alvin’s only son, Dean, has just died in a horrific tractor accident. There’s some question as to whether it was truly an accident or if the newly found deposits of GOLD under the Alvin family farm may have had something to do with this tragedy. Surely a case for Scooby Doo?
A day or so later I’m feeding and watering my chickens. As always, I talk to them and they murmur their various woes and worries of the day (chickens are very burdened by the pressures of everyday life). The queen of my flock is a brightly plumed Easter Egg chicken named Lillianne and she is particularly upset this day. She seems reluctant to impart any information about the cause for her distress and it finally comes to light that she thinks I’m going to think she’s crazy if she tells me the truth. Reminding her that we are communicating at all is enough to be considered crazy opens the spout and she relates the whole story. It seems that young Dean Alvin has paid her a visit. He is melancholy about his precipitous demise and wants to talk to his mother just one more time.
Why surely this can only be a mission of mercy for this poor family? We must depart forthwith to bring this grieving mother some closure and send this sad, young man onto his heavenly reward. We jump into the old farm truck. I assume Dean is in the back seat as Lillianne is going on about her bout of egg bound and I’ve already heard this story.
When we arrive at Mrs. Dean’s house we quickly find that the woman does not share the rapture with which most people greet the idea of having a chicken in the house so we reserve our conversation to the patio table. Mrs. Dean is less than accepting of our tale at first as we begin to see little clues like a meat cleaver and stew pot but finally Dean relays through Lillianne, who relays through me that Dean was once caught by his mother in a compromising position involving a magazine called Cupcake Lovers and an actual cupcake. The mother is stricken that she’s given us such a hard time and hands back the feathers she’s already plucked from Lillianne. Dean goes on to say through his relay system that if they search the accident scene they will find buried under the detritus that same magazine and the remains of another cupcake. Yet again, a young life wasted by an inappropriate desire for dessert.
Dean’s now unburdened soul begins to ascend and his mother, who suddenly realizes that life without Dean will be somewhat simpler sheds a final tear. I look over to find that Lillianne is also moved by the help she has given these humans and that in turn, makes me shed a tear. Chickens are after all, very burdened creatures. It’s nice to appreciate their talents once in awhile.