Dreaming Deeper


Steve Coron

Steve Coron’s sculptural interpretation of one of his dreams.

Whether they typically remember their dreams or not, many people have compelling dreams with deep meanings.

Steve Coron, a CHS art teacher, has made it a habit to write down his dreams in a journal, in hopes of turning them into a future work of art.

“I am fascinated by what the heck is going on in my head,” Coron said. “Sometimes it makes a really good art piece and other times it looks really stupid. If I don’t use the visual, then it’s just left as a dream — as a memory.”

Coron’s most recent dream was about two classmates he graduated high school with. He doesn’t recall the two classmates interacting much throughout highschool, which confused Coron.

The dream started off with Coron and his classmate, Jane, playing catch with a dandelion puff ball. All of a sudden, a Jeep came racing down the driveway, driven by Peter, Coron’s other classmate. When the Jeep came to a stop, Jane raced into the car and began driving away, sitting on Peter’s lap. On their way out of the driveway, they hit a tree and the car instantly began to smoke. Coron rushed to the Jeep hoping to find a way to save Peter and Jane, but then he woke up.

“If you break it down, there was danger but there was also a point where it was really nice and pleasant,” Coron said. “Then all of a sudden, the dream escalated and boom.”

Coron spends lots of time analyzing his thoughts and trying to find the deeper meaning of his dreams.

“You want a state of equilibrium,” Coron said. “But then life gets in the way and you get stressed and your world crumbles.”

About a year after Coron had graduated high school, Peter and one of Coron’s close friends got into a very serious car crash. Peter survived but unfortunately, Coron’s friend lost their life.

“It’s a scary connection and I think it may have something to do with how dangerous and fragile life really is,” Coron said. “That’s the really dark side to life.”

Experiencing a nightmare similar to Coron’s, Marisa Andoni-Savas, a CHS sophomore still thinks about a dream she had when she was five or six years old.

“I was running away from something, but I didn’t know what it was,” Andoni-Savas said. “All I know is that it had very big feet because every time it stomped the ground shook.”

She was running through a forest but soon approached a cave with a frightening spider, with something held between its pincers, blocking the cave entrance. Andoni-Savas slowly crawled under the spider, but when she was safely in the cave she noticed an array of fish bones scattering the floor. When she looked up she came face to face with a cuddly-looking bear. Consumed by the bear’s charm, she reaches up to pet the bear, but is stopped when the bear bites off her wrist. Alarmed and clearly in pain, she continues running through the cave until the unknown creature catches her, waking her up from her nightmare.

“I think the bear serves as a metaphor for trusting people, but then being stabbed in the back,” Andoni-Savas said.

Sarah Hechler, a CHS teacher, has been having the same recurring nightmare since she was in college. She was a part of the theater group during high school, performing many plays and memorizing many lines. The recurring dream has had different plot lines, but the ultimate idea is that Hechler is performing once again, but she is ruining the entire play.

“I think the dream ties to the worries I have about letting people down or being a disappointment to those who are depending on me,” Hechler said. “Dreams are like random firings of our brains at night, but they can be very reflective on where we are in life.”

Lina Bailey, a CHS freshman, doesn’t usually remember her dreams, but there is one past nightmare that she remembers clearly. She is standing in her yard when a random person in a van pulls up near her. They begin trying to kidnap her, but her grandmother, who is driving a golf cart, arrives at her rescue.

“My grandma has always been there for me, so that could possibly have led me to having literal dreams of her being there for me,” Bailey said.

For Zion McLilley, a sophomore at CHS, the most recent dream has been more hopeful. His dream consists of his name splayed out on center stage, surrounded by glimmering lights.

“I’m hoping that it’s a vision of me eventually publishing my music and accomplishing all that I have planned,” McLilley said.

Though there is no definite evidence of all dreams having a deeper meaning, they every so often can connect to everyday experiences, struggles and desires. Until more discoveries are found, people are left to ponder the deeper meanings behind their dreams.