For me they were kind of come and go. I never really had one or more consistent recurring imaginary friends. I would just sometimes find myself pretending to play with other children who weren't actually there. I don't really remember even naming them, just playing with them whenever I was bored and alone.
My teddy bear was always much more important to me, to be honest.
I don't recall having many imaginary friends. My real friends were much more important. But I did always have my blanket and a few favorite stuffed animals that I kept close. The animals changed out quickly, but the blanket was mine for several years. I remember using the same names for imaginary friends though, Rose and Crystal.
I didn't have imaginary friends, but my dolls all had lives of their own....at least I imagined they did so I guess its the same thing. They were only 'animate' during playtime when no one was around or a REALLY close girlfriend was playing with me.
You made me wonder how many cultures would accept their children to have imaginary friends. I grew up in Italy and they would have thought I was crazy or at least very lonely if I had imaginary friends. Seems like in the US it's an accepted practice though.
I didn't have any, so not important. I grew up in a Christian home and was an only child for a long time. The one thing I used to do was play board games by myself with Jesus. And Jesus used to always win. Some may say that Jesus was my imaginary friend, but...
You mean...............there are others out there like me? From my planet? I had an imaginary monkey (stop laughing!) when I was in the early years of grade school. A girl friend had one, too. Every recess, we walked them around, dressed them, fed them, and then put them away when recess was over. We talked about them while we were in class as though they were real. My monkey (name is not remembered) was as real to me as anything, and I can still see him in my mind's eye.
I was an only child so I had many imaginary friends. I liked the freedom to experiment with reality. I think it fueled the creative juices that are reflected in my writing when I create a world that sucks the reader in and keeps him or her there.
They were all I had.. my creation. My imaginary friends were an integral part of me. The imaginary roles I played, my superhero roles always involved my imaginary friends with my imaginary enemies....I always triumphed over my enemies, my imaginary friends as I learned how to make my stories a bit more dramatic and long term, old images became disposable...never long term because because I derived more and more imagination with what I perceived. All in all, my imaginary friends were really important to me.
Imaginary friends kept me occupied, especially when mom would not have tea all day with me. I believe that my imaginary friends were a reflection of who I was to become as a writer. It truly reflected my creative side as a child.
I was an only child so my imaginary friend was very important. She would sit next to me on the bus and be at the dinner table. My parents accepted her and recognized my need for someone to talk to who was my own age. I don't remember when she disappeared but I know that she was very comforting and made life less lonely for me - I think I was around the age of 6 until about 8.
I am not sure. I remember sitting on the arm of the couch and it was horse. We galloped in cavalry charges and loped along the trail. I did the back and forth motions like my heroes Roy, Tonto, and that bearded fella too. My bed became a plane when I was with Sky king. And, seems a few fighter dog fights too went and came along. I wonder if that is a gender thing. Males objects and females life entities. I see a hub somewhere.
No imaginary friends, but during a period when I REALLY wanted a collie after reading Albert Payson Terhune's collie books, I developed an imaginary collie. He went on vacation with me one year. My parents later bought me a real collie - a descendant of Terhune's collies - and he was even better than my imaginary dog.
Interestingly enough, I am now a professional dog trainer, and I now own three Shelties. That imaginary collie, in a way, shaped my life.
So important, might be too much!!! I was lonely when I was small. I told myself stories that I made up. Imaginary friends and other people had names, lines and personalities... My best friend used to be a fairy. She had supernatural power. She took me flying across mountains, oceans, forests, deserts, then landed in a fairy garden... We had conversations and played together, and I got some magical power either...
The worst thing is that I had indulged into imagination with time, so that lived in a virtual space in my own head for a long long time, which even ruined my real life. This is the most important reason I chose words of Paulo Coelho "You need to wake up if you want to dream" as my life motto!!!
I don`t think I had any, I had my toys and things, I would talk to them as kids do, and make them have conversations in play,. My friends were real kids,. but kids have wonderful imaginations, and as kids all things are possible.
I believe that it’s natural and healthy to have imaginary friends; it makes for a very creative mind. I had many imaginary friends growing up and I see the same is true of my son who is 7 who likes nothing better than to walk around the garden chatting to his “friends”; he even brings them to dinner He’s also reading and doing creative writing assignments at a high school level, maybe he’s getting help from those imaginary friends of his, lol, who knows?
Midget...If I took the time and creativity to "imagine" them, they must have been very important. I remember them all.....even their names and what they looked like. In fact, a couple of them, grew up with me and are still hanging around!! One never knows when an imaginary friend will save our sanity!
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