My five-year-old spent the night at a friend’s house last night. In her absence, my two-year-old daughter clung to the security of her imaginary friend, John. She asked me set up a sleeping bag for him on the floor, so that she wouldn’t have to sleep by herself. He also joined us for dinner, a ride in the car, and breakfast this morning, but apparently he likes to sleep late because he almost slept past breakfast.
Sometimes she talks about two separate imaginary friends — Little John (who is two-years-old) and Big John (who is five). Usually though, it’s just “John.”
This is my first experience with an imaginary friend. Although I was convinced when I was a kid that faeries, trolls, gnomes, ghosts, witches, and other supernatural creatures existed in the shadows of the world all around me, I never had a specific invisible friend who was human.
Has anyone else had experience with imaginary friends? What are your thoughts on the subject?