Last night I had one of the most beautiful dreams of my life. You have to have known my friend Jeff to fully appreciate it, but I felt I needed to write it down anyway and share it with those of you who did.
Kelly and I were vacationing in a beautiful place with steep mountains, brilliant green pastures, fluffy clouds. Our hotel room had a spectacular view. Kelly was in the shower getting ready for a hike through a nearby valley where I planned to shoot a few pictures to capture the beauty of the place. I grabbed my camera, turned around and the door swung open and in walked Jeff! He looked exactly the same as I remembered him and very much alive. We spoke to each other and joked like we had seen each other last week. Nothing about Jeff seemed to have changed – except that he had this little smile on his lips – like he had a big secret he was anxious to share. Was he really alive?
Kelly came out of the bathroom and met Jeff. Smiles were exchanged, and at that moment I noticed that other friends were in the room with us. Paul was there, Kalvin too. We all sat around the hotel room and joked and laughed like we had done a thousand times before. As always, Jeff was center stage. We were so happy. I couldn’t believe it. At one point I asked, “Is this really happening?” Everyone smiled and nodded – yes, it was.
As if to prove a point, Jeff waved his arm and pointed at the door. He said, “Go ahead, say you wish the door would open.” I did, and the door swung open hard – leaving no doubt as to who caused this to happen. Jeff beamed. He said, “Say you wish it would close!” The door slammed shut.
It was at this moment that I realized my friend Jeff really was dead – his new powers proved it. But it was OK – in fact better than OK. He was having a great time, and he was still very much with us.
A few seconds later a glittering, ghostly wizard came into the room. He was short – perhaps three feet tall. He looked a little annoyed with Jeff, and scolded him for “revealing too much”. He reached into his robe and pulled out a hat, which he placed on Jeff’s head, instantly transforming him into a wizard too. As he hustled Jeff out of the room, I heard myself say, “We love you, Jeff.” The wizard looked at me and said, “I can see from your eyes that you mean what you say.”
I awoke with tears in my eyes.