Et tu, Sleep!?

It finally happened.

I no longer drift around the edges wondering what’s it like to be inside.

Now I finally belong.

Know what I’m talking about?

‘Course you don’t.

Let me clarify.

I had my first graduation exam nightmare. (Dun, dun, duuuun)

For weeks all anyone has been talking about are their scary dreams and how they can’t sleep and how nervous they are and blah blah blah. All that time I was standing on the outside looking in, but as of last Thursday night I’m part of the group.

It all started out like any other night. I brushed my teeth, donned ma super comfy PJ’s and snuggled into bed.

But then I closed my eyes.


Goodbye my warm and cozy bed and heeello hard school chairs and chilly exam room.

It’s Monday, the day of my first exam. Cue in five hours of scribbling long intertwining German sentences, hoping it all makes sense and praying it turns into an adequate enough text. On top of it all you’re trying to sound smart. Challenging enough as it is, eh? But there’s one big problem, I don’t have my dictionary with me. As soon as I realize this my heart starts thumping and my brain goes into overdrive.

I can’t pass this exam without my dictionary!!


I still have 5 minutes. I jump out of my seat and hurtle along the hallway, desperately seeking anyone with a spare copy. I run from classroom to classroom, ask student after student but without luck.

I come out of my crazy trance when I notice I’m in our homeroom and the teacher there is really annoyed because I’m disrupting her lesson. Also it’s 8:30 AM. Which means the exam is already 30 minutes in and I’m not there.

Now this is where everything gets kinda blurry, but long story short I eventually discover my dictionary accidentally got burned along with my dad’s body….

I woke up drenched in sweat, my pillow soak in tears. I don’t think I’ve ever had a worse morning face.

And no, I don’t remember if I passed the exam….


Questions: Are exam nightmares a norm or is my grade particularly sensitive? 

6 thoughts on “Et tu, Sleep!?

  1. I think I’ve had exam nightmares before…I hate tests, I really do. *sigh* You should’ve gone rogue in the dream and attacked the teacher. #cool

    • Cora

      Dang why didn’t I think if that!!? But then again I need ’em on my good side…. The dream versions as well as the real ones (I’m not taking any chances!).

  2. Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning…..even the worst morning face can begin to believe this.
    Blessings for you for today.

    • Cora

      Thank you, Carol, thank you so much!

  3. You know, when I was going through my high school finals I was too exhausted to dream let alone have nightmares…But once I was finished I had them for two weeks straight. Weirdly enough walking and listening to musicals before sleep helped a lot. So does lavender tea if you can get your hands on some. It’s even better than chamomile for peaceful sleep.

    • Cora

      I’ve tried a herbal mixture called Roobios Tea, have you heard of it? It kinda works, but I’ll definitely try some lavender if I can get my hands on it! :)

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