Baby’s First Anxiety Dream

When I was a about 4 or 5 years old, I had recurring nightmares about Captain Hook. I would be in my house with some combination of my best friends Claudia and Jared, and my cousin Sheila. Whenever any of us uttered a word, Captain Hook would come into the room and chase us. We would run into another room and be very quiet. But eventually, I couldn’t resist the urge to whisper “Don’t say anything or he’ll come…” And with that whisper, he would appear. It didn’t matter how quietly I whispered.

The weird thing is that this was before my Peter Pan obsession. At the time, I didn’t really know who Captain Hook was. Even weirder that I later developed a Peter Pan obsession given these nightmares. Maybe because Captain Hook dies in the end. Btw, Mary Martin version. Keep that Disney shit away from me. I wanted to be Tiger Lily.

didn't realize at the time that this might be culturally insensitive...

didn’t realize at the time that this might be culturally insensitive…

I can’t really explain but this dream is sort of how I feel about life today. Like something’s chasing me and if I say the wrong thing, it’ll catch me. Wow, that sounds really weird. It’s possible I just need more sleep.

What’s the first dream you remember?


  1. I don’t remember the whole dream, but I do remember that after the witch chased us around our preschool, we took a board and hit her over the head until she was stuffed into a jar, and then screwed on the lid and buried her.

    I had this dream twice.
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  2. I used to have recurring dreams that the wicked witch from Wizard of Oz would pop out of the bathroom ceiling! I would try to scream but no sound came out. I was deathly afraid of witches!

  3. You were Tiger Lily. I remember practicing the dance in your back yard with Sheila.

  4. All I know is that I am Peter Pan! Always will be. Never growing up!
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  5. Do you have any older siblings? I think they just torture the crap out of us when we’re too young to remember, so that when we start having nightmares like this at 4-5, we think they came out of nowhere.

    At least that’s what my therapist tells me.
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  6. That’s scary, and so is that picture you posted ;) I think my first recurring dream, that I remember, was about people chasing me and then I was all eff this and just took off. Like, literally; I started flying and remember looking down at them on the ground all confused about how a little girl could fly away. Sooo…maybe I have a thing for Peter Pan’s flying? Hmmmm….
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  7. Although I’m no stranger to nightmares, I can honestly say Captain Hook has never been in one of mine. :) On the other hand, some other creepy dudes have been. The kind that make you get up, turn the lights on, and walk around a bit…

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