Apple - Perhaps you could try this - before you go to bed, give yourself the message that you would like to remember your dreams. This little bit of "auto suggestion" works wonders! :) The images frm dreams do fade quickly - it is a good idea to keep a small notebook (or a tape recorder) by your bed to record what you remember of your dreams - and your reactions to them. We need to allow ourselves a few moments to do this when we wake up, before the throes of our daily life takes over! ;-)
Ken - try giving yourself a small nudge to remember your dreams before you go to sleep. This works wonders! :)
Pat - I know that you will enjoy keeping a dream journal! And you will be surprised at the images that your "dream maker" brings to you. :)
Mariposa - Dreams about things or people fromthe past are very interesting. They may be coming to us because we need a hug from life (good memories do this for us), or they may represent something that we are missing in a person or issue in the present. For instance, if we are very interested in someone, and are not quite recognizing that there is a major void int he relationship, we may dream of someone from our past that carries the qualities that the current person is missing. There is also the chance that we are dreaming of someone because we are in their thouhgts. This is why dream journals are handy - we can make notes in them about how we feel about our dreams. :) Ken - your comments on dreams seem to bear this out.
Pat - how cool that you are now keeping a dream journal! There are online classes that will help with dream interpretation, and there are sites that list dream symbols and what they mean. There are also excellent books out there. But in the end, the dream is yours, it comes from your experiences, and the best interpreter is you! (Ken - Thanks for mentioning our dream interpretation catregory!)