Today’s blog entry is thanks to a Hallowe’en meme (a screaming memie?) that Gina filled in. One of the questions is:
Have you ever had nightmares about a scary movie character chasing you?
I left her the comment that I once had a nightmare after being read a Dr. Seuss book. So, just in case you’re intrigued, Gina, allow me to elaborate.
Dr. Seuss’s famous book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish appeared in 1960. I appeared in 1961. I don’t know when our parents got hold of a copy, but it was a big enough hit that more Dr. Seuss books followed, despite my abduction.
This is the offending passage in One Fish Two Fish:
The moon was out
And we saw some sheep.
We saw some sheep
Take a walk in their sleep.
By the light of the moon,
By the light of a star,
They walked all night
From near to far.
I would never walk.
I would take a car.
Well, at some point — most likely after dozens of readings — I had a bad dream.
In my dream, it was night. I was looking out my bedroom window onto the backyard and the dirt road beyond. I watched them coming, that line of sheep, sleepwalking single file on their hind legs, up the rise towards the house. Then I heard a knock.
I went to the back door and opened it. There was one of the sheep, towering over me — or was it? By the time I realized it was the Big Bad Wolf, wearing a sheepskin like a magistrate’s powdered wig, it had already seized me in its arms and was carrying me off towards the road.
I woke up screaming, I guess, because Dad was there in an instant, listening to my story and tucking the covers back under my chin. I slept okay for the rest of that night, but I’ve never forgotten that dream. And it took years before I realized that I must have heard one of my parents, or maybe the TV, saying something about a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and worked it into my dream.
So if that’s the way I react to children’s books, I hope you’ll all forgive me when I say that I don’t usually watch horror films.