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.
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.