Most of my nocturnal dreams I don’t remember at all, and the few that do linger in my consciousness upon waking generally don’t lend themselves to verbal recounting due to excessively convoluted plot lines.
The other night, however, I had one of those simple dreams that I can (a) recall and (b) put into words quite easily.
In this dream, I attended a class of some sort: a female teacher of unspecified exterior (i.e., not necessarily the lady in the slightly photoshopped picture, which I added for purely aesthetic reasons to spiff up this post) was delivering a lecture on an unspecified subject in an unspecified language while standing next to a blackboard in a nondescript classroom. I was seated in the first row front left from the student perspective. Other students were present, although I don’t recall how many nor their ages and sexes and looks, except that one female student was seated to my left.
At one point during her lecture, the teacher wrote exactly one word on the blackboard to underscore a point she was making:
Now, the German word for avoid is vermeiden, an irregular verb whose past tense is vermied:
I avoid = Ich vermeide
I avoided = Ich vermied [say: fuh-MEED]
As the teacher continued her talk, I quietly got up from my chair, snuck over to the blackboard behind her back, grabbed a piece of chalk, and inserted the missing letter “e” so as to discretely correct her manifest lapsus cretae (“slip of the chalk”) by turning vermid into vermied. (She had either spaced the letters such that intercalating an additional one was easily accomplished, or I used a caret to mark my insertion. My recollection on this particular point has faded, I’m afraid.)
As I returned to my chair, the girl sitting next to me (whoever she may have been) whispered in my ear that vermid, as written by the teacher, had been perfectly correct, whereupon I pulled a dictionary out of my bag to prove otherwise.
To my bewilderment, I couldn’t find the word.
Now the classroom location itself began to retreat into the background, and for the remainder of my dream (at least the portion of it that I remember) I scoured various dictionaries to check on the spelling of vermied.
To no avail. The German vermeiden had inexplicably vanished from every lexical resource I consulted.
What does this dream mean? What inner demons of mine does it highlight? How much of a danger to myself and others am I? Should I seek professional help?