The story of Ellabella

My three-year-old, Curly-locks, announced this week that she has a new friend.

I was thrilled to bits to hear her news. Curly-locks is quite a shy, wee thing, so the news that she is making friends filled me with warmth and relief.

‘What’s your friend’s name?’ I asked her dying to know more.

‘Ellabella,’ she replied.

‘Ella?’ I asked.

‘Ellabella,’ she insisted as if I was a little slow.

‘Ellabella is three and a half, but she’s turning five next week. She looks like me. She eats sketti by herself because she’s a big girl. She brought her bed over ’cause she’s sleeping over. Here’s a letter from her Mummy.’

Curly-locks handed me an imaginary letter as I started to put two and two together.

‘So, where is Ellabella right now?’ I queried her hesitantly.

‘She’s here!’ she said impatiently giving me a look.

I smiled weakly as I looked at the empty space that Curly-locks was pointing to.

‘Hi Ella,’ I said waving to nothing.

‘It’s Ellabella, silly Mummy,’ she said laughing at her own joke.

‘Ellabella wants to go upstairs to do some dancing. Ellabella likes Dustine Cark too. She likes to wear dresses that spin around. She is bigger than me, but looks like me. I think she’s my big sister,’ the words tumbled out at high speed.

snow white dress up

Curly-locks’ creativity and imagination seem to know no bounds these days.

She is either regaling us with tales of princesses, balls, and ‘fairy step-mothers’, or is galloping up and down the hallway as she informs us she is no longer a little girl, but a horse called Pinto. Last night, she decided she was a cucumber.

I’m usually the first to jump onto Google when either of our girls enter an unusual phase, but I’m staying away from the web this time.

I don’t know why some children have imaginary friends or what it means. What I do know is that we’re all enjoying having Ellabella around.

She helps Curly-locks eat her sketti and wash herself in the bath. I think she’s a pretty good influence this old Ellabella. The only thing I’m wary of is not sitting on her because that only ever ends in tears.

Have you or any of your children ever had an imaginary friend?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

58 comments on The story of Ellabella

  1. Andrea
    November 26, 2013 at 5:40 am (3 years ago)

    That is the cutest thing ever. It is so nice to hear about little kids just being little kids, warms your cockles Lots of love to the Wilsons xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, darling heart. We must have a skype date soon. We now have a new account xx

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  2. Neets
    November 26, 2013 at 5:47 am (3 years ago)

    That is so very cute. Ellabella needs to have a play date with Polly, Miss H’s best friend. They play dolls together, dance in the lounge room & talk about their new brother or sister due next year. I’m not sure what it means but good on you for not googling it. I think it’s just girls & their imaginations xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww Polly just sounds like the greatest. I love that they are letting their imaginations run wild. So much fun! x

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  3. Lydia C. Lee
    November 26, 2013 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

    My daughter has a friend called Scary. He’s a ghost. His father is Prime Minister of Australia, called John. Scary doesn’t scare people, but he does get scared himself a bit.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Lydia! You just made me laugh out loud. Scary sounds like a lovely little friend. I like how he doesn’t scare people, but gets scared himself πŸ™‚

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  4. Lauren
    November 26, 2013 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

    How beautiful, Ellabella sounds like a special friend x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm (3 years ago)

      She sure is, Lauren x

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  5. floodproofmum
    November 26, 2013 at 6:51 am (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful post Renee. My little puppy’s name is Bella and I call her Ellabella so I had to smile at your child’s choice of name. Imaginary friends are wonderful things for children…except perhaps Drop Dead Fred…I so love that movie! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm (3 years ago)

      I know! That was one of my favourite movies πŸ™‚ I don’t know how she came up with that name, but it is a lovely one πŸ™‚

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  6. Pip
    November 26, 2013 at 6:58 am (3 years ago)

    What a creative name! I think it’s just amazing how she’s created someone that gives her happiness and company just as she needs it. Now….I think I’ll create an imaginary friend called Ryan….;)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Hmm that imaginary friend doesn’t have the surname Gosling by any chance does he? πŸ˜‰

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  7. Susan
    November 26, 2013 at 7:38 am (3 years ago)

    How wonderful ! Please be ever so careful where you sit – seems that Ellabella is a very positive influence.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

      She seems to be so far, Susan. Although she was sitting in my seat again this morning. I’m going to have to choose a new spot at the dinner table πŸ˜‰

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  8. Kathy
    November 26, 2013 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)

    What a healthy imagination your curly-locks has and what a nice friend she has created in Ellabella. I think it is lovely and after all us bloggers have friends we have never ‘met’ either!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

      True, Kathy. She must just need this little friend for this phase in her life. As long as she’s happy, I’m happy πŸ™‚

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  9. Becc
    November 26, 2013 at 9:25 am (3 years ago)

    Awww, how cute and the name is growing on me.
    I love it when my son turns into the hulk (with the heavy breathing and throwing off his shirt) or Ninjago or one of the countless superhero’s that he morphs into. It is a cute way of expressing themselves and luckily mine so far is only turning into the good characters and never the baddies.
    We have not yet invited an invisible friend in to the house, but there is still time. From what I can gather via the TV (which is always true!) it has never hurt anyone to have an imaginary friend.
    I wonder how you do go about not sitting on her….

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Becc. I can just imagine your little man turning into the hulk. I love his love of costumes. He seems like he’s a real little character πŸ™‚

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  10. Toni
    November 26, 2013 at 10:03 am (3 years ago)

    I used to have an imaginary sister. Everyone used to ask me if my real name was Antoinette so I made up that I had an older sister called Antoinette lol. I used to call my niece Ellabella, but then her sister was born and called Izabella so I cant really use it anymore.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

      How funny, Toni?! Curly-locks was referring to Ellabella as her big sister this morning. She’s certainly keeping me on my toes.

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  11. Me
    November 26, 2013 at 10:16 am (3 years ago)

    I don’t remember K having an imaginary friend but I love how she uses her imagination – it’s great !
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

      I couldn’t dream up half the things that come out of Curly-locks’ mouth. I need to write them down more often. Imaginations are such precious things. Have a great day too!

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  12. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    November 26, 2013 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous name for an imaginary friend. I love it! Our now 8 year old had an imaginary cat Casper who used to keep her company now and then. He still appears sometimes, but only rarely these days. It’s all a part of growing up πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

      What a lovely name for a cat?! And good to know he only appears now and then. While I like Ellabella, I don’t want her around forever πŸ™‚

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  13. Twitchy
    November 26, 2013 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

    That is adorable! I only wish my kids had gone through that stage, so no. But I laughed so hard at the cucumber bit!! Good luck with not sitting on Ellabella, careless Mummy! πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh I know, naughty Mummy. You should have seen her pretending to be a cucumber. It was hilarious!

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  14. Twitchy
    November 26, 2013 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

    PS My boy was often a dog, does that count?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Yep, I think it does! πŸ™‚

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  15. Elise @mummy hearts money
    November 26, 2013 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

    Thats so adorable. I agree, don’t google this, something this innocent does not need to be over analysed. Hope Ellabella sticks around for a while!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Elise. Yes, i think she will be fun to have around for a little while. She’s certainly bringing an element of entertainment into the house πŸ™‚

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  16. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    November 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm (3 years ago)

    I think it’s cute too. But after watching Drop Dead Fred and Home And Away, if it goes on for too long, or she starts doing things “Because Ellabella told me to” then I’d start to question it a bit more! πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      For sure, Aroha! Drop Dead Fred and Milko were quite naughty. We don’t want any of that in this house πŸ˜‰

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  17. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    November 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Bless, that is so sweet. My daughter hasn’t had one imaginary friend. She does play imaginary games and talks and tells a lot of people what to do. She mostly plays schools and she is the teacher.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh that’s very cute, Sam. I bet she entertains you all to no end!

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  18. Emily
    November 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Love it. My daughter has three imaginary friends now: one named after her cousin (but she calls her pretend-[name] and also has her aged 2 instead of 4!), and two others named Gusty and Joey. I have no idea where those names came from. Mostly she plays with them, but occasionally they get sent to her room or called silly-billies for forgetting to bring their hats to the park.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh that is soooo cute, Emily. I especially like the name Gusty. He sounds really cool πŸ˜‰

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  19. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    November 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm (3 years ago)

    How cute is that? My kids never had imaginary friends and neither did I – sadly. It reminds me of that movie Drop Dead Fred! Snot face, do you remember it?
    Sounds like a very helpful and friendly person to have around. I had to laugh about your not sitting on her – FUNNY!!! Great name for her too – did you ask where she got it from ?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm (3 years ago)

      I asked her tonight where she got the name from and she responded with ‘that’s just her name you duffer’. Lol πŸ™‚

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  20. Karen
    November 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm (3 years ago)

    How gorgeous! But I wouldn’t know how to take it either! I remember my brother had a imaginary friend called Daady Waady (what is it with kids and rhyming names) but he got over it pretty soon. I guess it is pretty great that kids can use their imaginations like that!! x Karen #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm (3 years ago)

      I know right?! She keeps us all constantly entertained πŸ™‚

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  21. Living Serenely
    November 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm (3 years ago)

    This is one of the cutest things ever. One of my best friend’s son used to have an imaginary friend too when he was a toddler. He’s 8 years old now and has grown out of it. I think it’s a sweet little sidebar to have along the journey. Makes things kind of interesting. Curly Locks clearly has a wonderfully rich imagination.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Yes, she’s always making up different stories. It definitely makes our days interesting πŸ™‚

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  22. Emma Fahy Davis
    November 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Awww, imaginary friends are awesome! My Maya had an entire posse as a preschooler – there was Bad Wolf (who came about after she got scared of the wolf in a Three Little Pigs stage show and we tried to reframe it in a positive way), YaYa and Boylin. Once she had me take a photo of her sitting on the sofa with them and was absolutely furious when she looked at it and couldn’t see them!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh Emma that is hilarious and so, so cute. I love the names they come up with too. So creative πŸ™‚

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  23. Tegan
    November 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm (3 years ago)

    That is the cutest thing! I had an imaginary friend as a child too. I love now listening to Mr 4 give his trucks and other toys voices as he plays in his room.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm (3 years ago)

      They are classic, aren’t they? This age is just beautiful. I love seeing them entertain themselves and play make believe πŸ™‚

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  24. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww little Ellabella and her sketti! How cute! At least your daughter has a wonderful imagination! I think that’s so cute! xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy. It is pretty cute to watch x

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  25. Kate
    November 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

    How fun. I can imagine it would be hard to keep a straight face and I would probably want to get my phone out to record her talking about it as well cause it seems like a bit of a milestone that you will want to dredge up at the 21st πŸ™‚ Love the imagination of kids! Hope Ellabella is a good influence, likes green veggies, baths and cleaning up πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh, I hope so too, Kate πŸ™‚ It really is hard to keep a straight face at times. Quite hilarious and yes, definitely one for the 21st πŸ™‚

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  26. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions
    November 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm (3 years ago)

    No imaginary friends here. Yet. I never had one and neither did my brother or sisters (although my bro was pretty convinced that his stuffed toys were in fact real people and he treated them as such!) so if she does create one it will surely be a fun and interesting experience! It’s amazing the way a child’s mind works isn’t it, if only we could carry that imagination through to adulthood.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 27, 2013 at 5:54 am (3 years ago)

      I know! I bet all of those major children’s authors and film makers are using their own kids as part of the inspiration for their stories πŸ™‚

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  27. Sarah@SnippetsandSpirits
    November 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm (3 years ago)

    So so gorgeous and precious. Ellabella sounds like a delight. I have heard it is a sign of great intelligence imaginary friends , either way I think you are right not looking into it and just going with the flow. You’re little girl sounds like such a beautiful soul.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 27, 2013 at 5:54 am (3 years ago)

      Oh thank you so much! That’s a lovely way to look at it. I’ll definitely go with that πŸ™‚

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  28. EssentiallyJess
    November 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm (3 years ago)

    BJ had Melman around for ages, and then Ava went through a stage where she kept going to ‘Lily and Mali’s’ house. I quite love the gorgeous stories they come up with, especially Ava’s tales of the things they do at ‘rainbow school!’ πŸ˜‰
    Poor Melman though. His mum kept dying so he had to come and live with us.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh no! Poor Melman. Rainbow school sounds like a lovely place to be. They are just gorgeous, aren’t they?!

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  29. Josefa @always Josefa
    November 28, 2013 at 10:52 am (3 years ago)

    Well helllooooo Ellabella – what a beautiful name for an imaginary friend! You know what – the best thing you have done is stay away from the web – no need – none whatsoever – this is such a gorgeous phase for her to be in and in her world Ellabella is well and truly real xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa πŸ™‚ She is having such a lovely time at the moment. It just feels like a very natural thing xx

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