My ‘phone rang at 3:00 a.m. today. I picked it up after one ring.
On the other end was a woman from Fitchburg, MA whom I’ve not seen for nearly 30 years. She had an odd question. “How do you cook cabbage?” she asked. I offered two suggestions – steaming or stir-frying.
She called again a few minutes later. Again I picked up my ‘phone after a single ring. She had another question. “Now that I have cooked the cabbage, how do I eat it?”
I could not comprehend why she was calling me about cabbage in the middle of the night
The ‘phone rang for yet a third time.
This third call woke me up.
Awakened I realised that I had been simply dreaming about former parishioners, and cabbages.
What I’d been hearing in that half-sleepy state was my senior cat Ada. She was yowling her loud yowl which could indeed, in a dream, sound like a ringing ‘phone.
I giggled myself back to sleep.
Fortunately I remembered all this today and "wondered" about the mystery of dreams.
It's interesting indeed that a real noise (my cat yowling) became the sound of a ringing 'phone in my dreams.
As for the cabbage. Earlier yesterday in a Supermarket, I had indeed contemplated whether or not I should purchase a cabbage!