I dreamt that was becoming friends with Donald Trump. He and I attended a conference together, and I walked him back to his condo apartment a half mile through the woods, “the back way.” Donald wanted to do this even though he had a bad foot and was limping. I was amazed at how easily we could talk. It wasn’t our first time together, but this meeting seemed to solidify our relationship. He trusted me. He lived on the first floor of a rather ordinary-looking place. There was scaffolding around the building for renovations. He invited me to come up to say hello to Melania (who looked very much like his first wife, Ivana), and she was friendly as well. She was working hard in the kitchen with a scarf on her head. It looked like I was Donald’s only friend. He seemed to need me. He knew the content of my sermons, and questioned one from long ago in which I had poked playful fun at him. He didn’t like negativity of any kind. At my happiest moment, I looked down and realized I had on no pants. It was embarrassing — I was still in front of his wife. I hadn’t been aware of my clothing before. Thanks in advance!
My Dearest Kilter,
The Professor has interpreted some symbolic dreams in his day, but your dream may “trump” them all (ahem). But seriously… The Professor believes that your dream may be at its core an exploration of your sense of self worth. Celebrity friendships in the dream world often indicate an affirmation of one’s self; when one is sought out by a star figure or person of great wealth for love, advice or confidence, one is valued. ”Me quaerit celebritate, ergo sum,” as we used to say in Rome. ”A celebrity desires me, therefore I am.” Donald Trump is an interesting choice for such an affirmation, given that he tends to be a bit on the less affirmative end of the spectrum (by the way… “you’re fired!”). And yet, there he is, seeking you out as his confidante, trusting you, limping along with you in conversation mano-e-mano. The limp is a detail worth mentioning, as limping in a dream indicates imbalance. In the context of friendship, a limping friend can mean that you sense you are getting more than you are giving. It’s not difficult to surmise that you might feel out of balance in a fantasy friendship with a billionaire who wants to be your bud. The creation of a humble Trumpian abode and elegant but down to earth Mrs. Trump may be an attempt on your mind’s part to create some balance. And what to make of your lost pants? A sudden awareness that one is sans-pants in a dream, coupled by an acute sense of embarrassment (which, as my colleague Dr. Freud would be quick to point out, scans homophonically as “em bare ass ment”), indicates that you are feeling extreme vulnerability. The Professor might surmise that in your personal or professional life you feel the need to feel needed, and in so doing you receive a very valuable sense of affirmation that feeds your self worth. However, the realization that you need to feel needed may cause you to feel very vulnerable– and voila, there go the pants. This need for affirmation from others seems to be a universal human thing, as does the loss of pants in dreams. The Professor, on the other hand, has eschewed pants altogether, and as a result I have absolutely no sense of shame or vulnerability at all. Whether or not this is a good thing, I leave it up to my readers to decide.
I remain your faithful servant and dream interpreter extraordinaire,