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Did you have an imaginary friend?

SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
I always thought having an imaginary friend was a normal and expected part of childhood, but I never, ever had one. The whole idea seemed silly and childish to me (even as a child).

The closest thing I had to an imaginary friend was a stuffed bunny my mother bought me after I was born (still have it). I slept with it for many years until my dog damaged it, so it's retired now :(
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I did not. But, my 2nd son, Evan, had one. The friend's name was Robot-Evan. He lived under our pool, and had a secret passageway into Evan's room. He, naturally, spoke with a Robot accent. And he was often very naughty. He committed most of the crimes that Regular-Evan was falsely accused of.

    I haven't had the pleasure of talking to Robot-Evan in many years. I miss him...
  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    I didn't, which is strange now that I think about it, since I lived in my head a lot. I would make up all sorts of scenarios and mentally run with them, but I never made up an actual person to talk to.

    I was anti-social even in my imagination.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I did. I was the baby of my enormous extended family. Apparently I got tired of it because my imaginary friend's name was Baby (which was/ is also my family nickname).

    Baby was VERY naughty and she certainly was to blame for all the crimes I was falsely accused of. But she was also totally awesome and was my best friend for most of my young-childhood years. :)

    ETA: My brother is only 14 months older than me and he had an imaginary puppy of whom I was vaguely aware.


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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    My sister's daughter had an imaginary friend, named Roo. Roo was very tiny, and lived in the palm of my niece's hand. One time, my cruel older brother asked if he could hold Roo. My niece reluctantly passed Roo to him...and he promptly smashed Roo between his hands and wiped them on my niece's shirt. My niece was so traumatized. He was such a dick...
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    I'd pretend to hang out with cartoon characters and stuff. But no, I never had a personal imaginary friend.
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    No. And the concept seemed to me to be one of those very American things. As in, I'd never seen or heard of any Latin American kids who had imaginary friends, though more recently I've seen TV shows that portray the imaginary friend thing.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    I did. Her name was Marissa. I wasn't very creative... Marissa was also the name of my best friend at the time. :lol: And if I remember correctly, the two of them were pretty much identical, personality-wise.

    In case you were concerned, I always made sure to buckle her into the seat next to me when we were in the car. Ya know, "click it or ticket," and all that jazz.

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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    Yup. His name was Joey and I used to pretend we were detectives like the gang on Scooby Doo.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »
    No. And the concept seemed to me to be one of those very American things. As in, I'd never seen or heard of any Latin American kids who had imaginary friends, though more recently I've seen TV shows that portray the imaginary friend thing.



    Eh...not really buying that. I think little kids are similar the world over. My son didn't really know he was an American when he was 3 years old.
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I did but don't remember. My daughter had lots through the years. Jimmy and Sarah were the first ones. The last was naughty and couldn't go to Papa's (my dad's) house with her because Papa wouldn't like him. My son had one. Also named Luke who he called his brother. They would have pretend phone conversations and everything. One day DS locked him in the closet and never talked to him again. It was strange. Like he was locking away his imagination.


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  • KurlyKaeKurlyKae Posts: 3,413Registered Users
    I did. His name was Fred Frinstone (did I just date myself?). He was very small, and went everywhere with me. According to my mom's stories, it took a long time for Fred to navigate the stairs to our second story apartment.

    I used to teach preschool. One child told me lots of stories about her brother Robert. Eventually, her mom asked if she'd mention Robert. Apparently she desperately wanted a brother, so she invented one for herself. The stories were quite convincing.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »
    No. And the concept seemed to me to be one of those very American things. As in, I'd never seen or heard of any Latin American kids who had imaginary friends, though more recently I've seen TV shows that portray the imaginary friend thing.

    LOL, a lot of us were overrun with enough other people as it was why would we want to make up extras?
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  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    I had an imaginary classroom of students who only existed in our downstairs bathroom. I distinctly remember having to keep the cabinet door under the sink open so that they couldn't see me pee.

    Blame it on the cell phone...
  • TrenellTrenell Posts: 3,562Registered Users
    Yes. Her name was Peggy.

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  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    I did. It was a dog.

    My daughter had imaginary mice friends (her hands were mice) as well as a whole load of imaginary friends and animals. She's outgrown it sometime in the last year.

    My favorite imaginary friend ever is Soren Lorensen from Charlie and Lola.
  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I used to pretend I was my own sister.

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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    CGNYC wrote: »
    I did. It was a dog.

    My daughter had imaginary mice friends (her hands were mice) as well as a whole load of imaginary friends and animals. She's outgrown it sometime in the last year.

    My favorite imaginary friend ever is Soren Lorensen from Charlie and Lola.

    Clever, I remember you telling us about S's mice - I thought it was so cute and creative that her hands were the mice! Adorable!


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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Nope.
  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,632Registered Users
    No. I am a twin so maybe that's why I didn't invent an imaginary friend.

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  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    I had three: pompo, seedy, and huxey.
  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    Amneris wrote: »
    Saria wrote: »
    No. And the concept seemed to me to be one of those very American things. As in, I'd never seen or heard of any Latin American kids who had imaginary friends, though more recently I've seen TV shows that portray the imaginary friend thing.

    LOL, a lot of us were overrun with enough other people as it was why would we want to make up extras?
    Ha! Good point! I usually wanted less people around. Why would I create more?
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »
    No. And the concept seemed to me to be one of those very American things. As in, I'd never seen or heard of any Latin American kids who had imaginary friends, though more recently I've seen TV shows that portray the imaginary friend thing.

    I can't say it's an American thing, I grew up in Australia and I had a mouse as my imaginary friend. It had massive ears and I carried him in my hands. I even gave him to my dad once to hold who promptly dropped him on the ground. :tongue3:

    My mouse friend looked like this:

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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I was the only child so I had imaginary siblings -- 9 of them. LOLOLOL I remember two of them: Jason, younger brother and D-10, older sister. But there was another who spoke Spanish and and one who had cerebral palsy...

  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    I was a lonely child. i had many friends adn i also talked to my stuff animals. once i even stole my mom's broom and used a ball and coat to make a "friend" her name was broomy. my mom used her to sweep the floor. i danced with her. i kinda miss her.:sad5:
  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    thelio wrote: »
    I was a lonely child. i had many friends adn i also talked to my stuff animals. once i even stole my mom's broom and used a ball and coat to make a "friend" her name was broomy. my mom used her to sweep the floor. i danced with her. i kinda miss her.:sad5:


    pffw! When I responded I was thinking that I miss my imaginery friends. I'm sooo glad I'm not the only one.
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    papayahed wrote: »
    thelio wrote: »
    I was a lonely child. i had many friends adn i also talked to my stuff animals. once i even stole my mom's broom and used a ball and coat to make a "friend" her name was broomy. my mom used her to sweep the floor. i danced with her. i kinda miss her.:sad5:


    pffw! When I responded I was thinking that I miss my imaginery friends. I'm sooo glad I'm not the only one.

    I know she was in my head and all! my I felt she was real!!! a tiny, teeny, part of me feel as if i lost someone. :cry: i wonder is this normal?
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,240Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I did have one. Not sure why since I was a happy kid with a great childhood, never lonely, never sad.
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    He lived in a little matchbox that I carried around everywhere with me. I don't remember his name but I can still picture him perfectly.
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  • RideTheLightningRideTheLightning Posts: 96Registered Users
    I used to come up with scenarios and run with them in my head, but i never had an imaginary friend! I knew kids who did, and i always saw kids portrayed as having them on tv so i tried once or twice to have one but i just felt silly.
    My cousin had one named Katie who, like the imaginary friends of many others, was to blame for any misdeeds my cousin may have been accused of. Katie got her own chair at the dinner table and got buckled up for rides in the car. I used to mess with my cousin a bit though and "accidentally" sit on Katie.
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I did have one. Not sure why since I was a happy kid with a great childhood, never lonely, never sad.

    Same here. I never wondered about it - Baby was just part of my life.

    (Every now and then I still talk to her - not out loud or anything, but she's definitely still with me.)
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