Of course, we weren't talking about any of this. I was just thinking about it as I talked to her. She wasn't my girlfriend. Not yet, anyway.
Debi Powers was the name of her big sister. The phone call was ending, and I closed by telling her I'd see her in school the next day. There was an awkward silence on her end. Like she couldn't even acknowledge the fact that we'd see each other in school the next day.
I woke up and remembered I was married. I got out of bed and was headed for the stairs to ask my mother how it's possible that I'm married, yet still going to high school. On the way I passed my parent's bedroom and saw that my mother was still in bed holding a cloth over my father's forehead. A small girl was lying near their feet, with a baby bottle in her mouth. My mother said something to me about her still being there, and handed her to me so I could take her downstairs with me.
Then the dream ended and I was lying in bed next to my wife. It took a moment's thought to answer the riddle in the dream. When I get up each morning I don't go to school. I remembered that I instead go to work.
What a relief!
A feeling of serenity came over me as I realized I exist in a world of comfort. As I laid there in bed my wife reached over and put her arm around me. I held her hand, and realized she was still asleep.
I was thinking that sleep apnea had, for many years, robbed me of my serenity. CPAP therapy, after just a handful of months, is giving it back to me. Maybe for the first time in my adult life.
I took off the mask and headed for the coffee machine. It's Saturday. A day off from work.
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