Giants are Snotty

I somehow missed the gene most of my family has for vivid dreaming. My dad could write novels out his dreams and possibly outsell Stephanie Meyer. Did you all know that’s how the Twilight Saga was born? Probably, you did. I basically dream about tornadoes and generally I’m not even scared. No bestseller coming out of that plotless heap of wind and dirt. Wizard of Oz has been done.  Anyhoo, I seemed to have passed the vivid dreaming gene on to the children.

I don’t often tell stories about Magnolia (she’s 9) because she’s a very careful child. And a sensitive one. She’s definitely the most affectionate person in the family. Often, there are gentle and charming negotiations on how long of a tuck-in she can have on a given night. Last night we settled on a medium tuck-in. After the usual round of questions, how was school, blah, blah, I asked her if she’d had any interesting dreams recently. I’d never actually asked this before, figuring this is something most people offer up with the same urgency as celebrity gossip. People are very into their dreams!

Me: So, have you had any interesting dreams recently?

Magnolia: I had a gross one.

Me: Okay. Tell that.

Magnolia: Well, I was being chased by these really big giants and I found a good spot to hide where two walls were touching. There was a woman giant with me. She wasn’t chasing me. I was scared and I had to blow my nose really bad, so I asked her for Kleenex. Giants have big, ya know, clumps of snot, and they don’t give you clean tissues.

Me: Yuck. What did you do?

Magnolia: Well, I really had to blow my nose. So, I used it. It was gross.

I’m totally going to be asking this question more often. What do  your kids dream about?

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

4 thoughts on “Giants are Snotty

  1. My kid did get the vivid dream gene, but then that’s no surprise, is it? I have to say that my best recent vivid dream entailed me and a friend skinny dipping in a river (that felt as temperate as bath water) and — this is the best part — we were totally surrounded by naked greek gods of men. All of them were 1/2 our age and we were in absolute bliss. Hated leaving that one in the dream cloud.

  2. I love this post. I miss Maggie!!! And the rest of the family too, of course. Hoping to see you when I am in town the first few days of February!!

  3. ew! I look forward to hearing about more of their dreams.

    i used to write my kids’ down. but haven’t asked in a awhile.

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