Friday, July 31, 2009
When my daughter was little, she had several imaginary friends. Among them were: Congan, Pener, and Sia (a dog). Congan changed genders several times, so I was never quite sure, but I thought Congan was a boy. The reason I thought this is that there was a little boy up the street who was my daughter's age, and his name was Collin. I think Congan was a replacement for Collin, whom she didn't get to see very often. Congan stayed around a long time. Congan took the blame for many things, even cuts and bruises my daughter received. She played "Ring Around the Rosies" with Congan, and talked to him/her. After my second child was born, Congan slowly disappeared. I think once she had another playmate, she didn't need Congan anymore.
One day my mother and I were talking about my daughter's imaginary friends and my mother said, "You had imaginary friends growing up too. Your's were named Jaydie and Fraydie." When she said those names, it was just like she had named some of my closest friends. Even now, when I think of those names, I have a fond feeling for them. I do remember Jaydie and Fraydie, but until she reminded me, I had forgotten them. I knew they were imaginary, and I couldn't really see them, but I played and imagined as if they were real.
Did any of you have imaginary friends when you were young?