Joseph told me all about Jeff and Pickle and Pepper as he sat beside the swings. He said he was pretending to be at school waiting for his friends, his imaginary friends. They were coming soon and then they would all play together. Oh.. he had real friends too, Mischa, and Ayla, and they were real, yup, they were. Jeff and Pickle and Pepper were pretend, but you could pretend they were real. They lived in a shed and tore down the spider webs. They were all 4 like him except Jeff who was 20. Joseph had been to their birthday parties so he knew.
I loved hearing about Joseph’s imaginary friends and shared the tale with another educator. She too loved it, but then observed that when she was a child no one had an imaginary friend, it was unheard of. Come to think of it , no one had an imaginary friend when I was a child either.
So what’s that about? Were we just a couple of unimaginative kids? Or were we discouraged from that kind of fantasy? I don’t know why, but I’m certainly glad I get to hear about them now.
Did you have imaginary friends?