Hi Lisa -
Believe it or not, I think your two dreams are related, and I’ll tell you why.
“Back to school” dreams are incredibly common among busy people. Doctors, lawyers, professionals, busy housewives—nearly everyone has had one. (Do an informal survey among your friends—you’ll be surprised how many of them will say, “Oh yeah! I’ve had that dream!”)
Test-taking dreams are clear reflections of the anxiety we once felt in school—when we prepared to take a test. “Will I pass? Am I prepared? Did I remember to study everything?”
Now that we’ve grown up and the days of test taking are long in our past, the dreams strike us as odd. Surely we can’t still be traumatized about taking some test in college? The link, though, is that our everyday life still is full of similar “tests” and anxieties. Will we be able to complete all the errands we have to do tomorrow? Will we be able to grocery shop, clean the house, and pick up our kids from school—in time to cart them off to soccer practice?
If we work (in addition to all our everyday tasks) we have a second set of anxieties. Will we finish our work projects on time? Will our co-workers think we have done a good job? Will we keep our jobs? Will we “pass the test?”
Are we beginning to see the connection? The anxiety we feel in our everyday lives... reminds us of the anxiety we felt back in high school or college before an exam. We’re about to be tested, and we wonder if we can keep up!
Because you’re a busy Mom, it’s normal that your daughter feels she occasionally doesn’t get to see you as much as she would like. The fact that you’ve written in here to ask about your dream, however, to me indicates a “caring for” Mom rather than a “running away” Mom. Your daughter sees a mom who is always running, but I think it is clear you are a Mom who is running for her daughter—not away from her.
Congrats on being a “Super Mom.” You’re daughter is a lucky child. Your care will be reflected in her life forever.