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Imaginary Friends

Did you ever have an imaginary friend?

I didn't in the traditional sense of the word, as in having an invisible friend appear when I was little who I believed was real, but I did make up some friends as I got older. One, Guiseppi, has come alive in the last almost-20 years and is with me still.

Maya, 5, has an invisible friend (God help you if you call him “imaginary”). His name is Killi, and he's a black (friendly) monster with big white hair. He lives in the woods behind our house but hangs out here with us most of the time. Sometimes weird things happen with no apparent cause, and we always say Killi did it. Perhaps he really is real. This is a case where he appeared out of the blue one day, really-real, and has stayed with us ever since.

(As an aside, one other thing I hope to always remember is how Maya calls me “Bamanda” when she says my name.)

Eden and Ivy both had stuffed tigers that they named Hobbes and had many adventures with after I introduced them to my Calvin and Hobbes books. I think they still have the toys even if they don't have the imaginary adventures anymore.

When I was about 9 or so, I was kind of bummed that I never had an imaginary friend so I decided to make some up. I had a whole menagerie of exotic creatures that I pretended were imaginary friends, but they weren't real. I tried.

In high school, I had an imaginary cousin-friend named Pedro. Every now and then his brother Paco would show up. I was a weird teen and my friends and I were a bunch of goofballs. We always made these stories about partying with Pedro (and occasionally Paco) and blamed him for random stuff. I kinda feel compelled to mention that I am actually Hispanic, although we don't have anyone with names like Pedro or Paco in the family.

As for Guiseppi, he came in a round-about way. When I was a junior, I think it was (maybe senior), I interned at a preschool for the Deaf. There was some small, plastic cow toy - I'm sure it went with a farm set. I used it to tell a story about how I found a tiny cow on the side of the road on my way in that morning and decided to put him in my pocket and bring him with me. Only I'm not really a cow person, and somehow when they wanted more stories of Guiseppi in the following days, he turned into a moo-ing turtle instead. I created a little moo-ing turtle drawing that I would leave everywhere as kind of my 'signature' – very uncool tagging? As time progressed, we also learned that he writes exceedingly bad but heartfelt poetry. Allow me to give you an example:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Only they're really more violet now,
aren't they? I mean,
Some can be blue, but
More are purple.
'Least as far as I've ever seen.

Anyway, I think you're swell!

I sometimes make comics for my children. After my doggie soul-mate, Achaiah (aka WonderPooch), died, Guiseppi became The AMAZING Awesome Mom's new sidekick and now has a superhero alter-ego known as the Preternatural Poet. He wears a purple cape.

What are your experiences with imaginary friends?


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Feb. 19th, 2017 05:35 pm (UTC)
I don't remember but certainly I had some toys which I imagined alive at an age around six maybe.
Now I am thinking to imagine a robot friend which will say some clever ideas and day direction. It reminds me some reality or near future at a space station...
Feb. 19th, 2017 06:49 pm (UTC)
A robot friend would be awesome! You could take that one from imagination to reality.
Feb. 19th, 2017 08:52 pm (UTC)
"You could take that one from imagination to reality."

Yes, I am planing to write a program for my Android which makes this my imaginary wish come true, it is not that difficult...
Feb. 19th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe in future I will try to do a real robot for my son's pleasure, he wants to be a programmer so I think it will be interesting for him.

Edited at 2017-02-19 08:54 pm (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
I hope you share if you do! Eden really wants to make a robot, but I don't have the foggiest idea where to start.
Feb. 20th, 2017 01:16 am (UTC)

I had an imaginary friend as a kid. His name was Bruno and he was a power ranger. He was a purple one before there was ever a purple one. He kept me company as an only child with no friends. That was until I moved and met Redneck Tom. My bestie.

Feb. 20th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
That's awesome! I don't know a lot about Power Rangers, tbh, but that's great that he was there for you. :) I love hearing everyone's stories!
Feb. 20th, 2017 07:49 am (UTC)
I had an imaginary friend as a child called "Storedyr" (literally "large animal). He (because he was definitely a 'he') was some sort of anthropomorphized animal (a dog, perhaps?) who walked on two legs and had a definite personality.

I always knew that he was imaginary, and never actually believed in him - but he was handy to have around when I wanted to play games and none of my sisters wanted to play with him. I've played more than a few rounds of Kalaha with him over the years ;-) ... and always cheated so that "I" would win... go figure!
Feb. 20th, 2017 01:55 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. I bet he was just being nice and letting you win. :P
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