Dream of the Month (December 1998)
- Title: You Can't Teach An Old Shark New Tricks
- Date of the Dream: 3/1998 (mailed Friday, 27 November 1998)
While windsurfing on the river in front of my home, I fall in. Before getting back on the board I tread water for a moment. I see the dorsal fin of a shark. The dorsal fin moves toward me. I am not at all alarmed because I realize that is just my pet, "Sharky". I extend my hand to pet it as it swims toward me but when he reaches me he bites it. After the bite, I think to myself ironically: "Biting the hand that feeds him, eh?" Then I get back on the board and sail to shore. As I'm sailing home, I contemplate how I will explain the bite to my mother. I know if I tell her she will give me the old "I told you a pet shark was a bad idea" speech. I decide to tell her that Sharky and I were just rough-housing and it got a little out of hand. Then I woke up.
- Significant life event: Nineteenth birthday
- Personal concerns/issues:
- Associations: I thought it was just a funny dream.
- Pen Name: Delgado Alvarez
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Sharks often represent the fears and potentials associated with separation.
Exotic pets often represent parts of our personalities that are special to us, but which may be controversial or misunderstood by others. Because sharks are emblems of power, appetite and separation, it is likely that this “pet” represents the dreamer’s independent, adventurous side. An occasional mishap or bruise does not offend this side of him and it may have quite an appetite for movement or sensation. The little bite of the shark implies an integration of his sense of adventure, fun and freedom, and an instinctive recognition that there may be little costs involved in keeping this intense “pet”. Still there remains the issue of how to express this side of himself in a way that will not upset, frighten or confuse others. This question may be the theme of the next few years of his life. Because he instinctively strives for diplomacy and balance, it’s likely that he will evolve very functional and healthy ways to explore adventure and maintain rapport with others.