We have been asking Lily to tell us her dreams for, it seems, a very long time now. It all began when she wasn’t even a year old and she had night terrors. As someone who suffered nightmares as a child that I still find haunting, I hoped to get her to talk about her dreams and to give her control over them. But up until today, she has never told us, or never been able to tell us, what was the content of a dream.
Today she did. And she dreamed she was in a store with her friend Ava and they were looking at ponies. Toy ponies? we asked. Yes, she said, and then added that there were also two unicorns off in a dark area. We asked her if she was afraid. No, she said. I could see them. I could just see them.