In chapter 5 of The Giver, Jonas shares a dream with his parents. In the dream, he is in a tub of water. Fiona is there, and Jonas wants her to get into the tub with him. As he describes the dream, Jonas mentions a feeling of "wanting." His mother explains that he is experiencing his first "Stirrings." She explains that all boys and girls have these feelings around his age. According to the rules, citizens must take pills to keep the Stirrings from occurring. His mother says that he will take the pills until he enters the "House of the Old."
In chapter 16, Jonas receives a memory about family. There are grandparents, children, and presents in the dream. Jonas describes a feeling of "warmth." The Giver explains that Jonas feels love. At home, Jonas asks his parents if they love him. His father laughs and says, "Precision of language, please!" His mother explains that love is an "inappropriate" word to use. The next morning, Jonas doesn't take his pill. He believes "There could be love." Jonas no longer wants to suppress his feelings and obey the rules.