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Imaginary Friends

GUEST,Swansong 19 Sep 02 - 07:12 AM
GUEST,Morticia @work 19 Sep 02 - 07:47 AM
wysiwyg 19 Sep 02 - 09:02 AM
Wincing Devil 19 Sep 02 - 09:03 AM
GUEST,JTT 19 Sep 02 - 09:05 AM
GUEST,jennifer 19 Sep 02 - 09:20 AM
Amergin 19 Sep 02 - 10:36 AM
Uncle_DaveO 19 Sep 02 - 11:02 AM
mack/misophist 19 Sep 02 - 11:05 AM
MMario 19 Sep 02 - 11:10 AM
JenEllen 19 Sep 02 - 11:27 AM
GUEST,Les B. 19 Sep 02 - 11:51 AM
Rick Fielding 19 Sep 02 - 12:08 PM
GUEST,Uncle Metal Detector 19 Sep 02 - 05:12 PM
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Kim C 19 Sep 02 - 05:56 PM
Helen 19 Sep 02 - 06:52 PM
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MAG 19 Sep 02 - 10:32 PM
Wincing Devil 20 Sep 02 - 01:24 AM
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GUEST,Claire M (Permanant GUEST!) 26 Jul 12 - 06:53 AM
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Subject: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Swansong
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 07:12 AM

My three year old daughter walks around the house singing songs and laughing to herself, when I ask her where she heard the songs, she replies from Jessica. Jessica is her imaginary friend. Some of the songs are quite good, others ar actual songs that my parents remember their parents singing and haven't heard since childhood. STRANGE! has anyone ever experienced similar imaginary friends like this in kids.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Morticia @work
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 07:47 AM

My daughter had an 'imaginary'friend who she saw from about a year old at whom she would laugh, point and babble ,needless to say I couldn't see them.A little young to make things up, I thought.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 09:02 AM

Are you sure she isn't talking about a Mudcat pal?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 09:03 AM

What do you mean imaginary, and why just children? My friend "Honest Jock Matlow" isn't imaginary, he's invisible! (Oops, make that "Visibility Impaired")


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 09:05 AM

My imaginary friends don't talk to me any more - they prefer to talk to *their* imaginary friends.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,jennifer
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 09:20 AM

The first time my son heard Maddy Prior he would have been coming up to three - he said "that lady's dancing in Daddy's speaker, she's a big singer and a good dancer" which is a pretty good description and we hadn't told him because we'd only first seen her the night before. He also recognised John Tams and called him "Tam" before I ever knew JT was called that. But singing songs out of folk memories is way spooky, I'm impresssed. Jennifer


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Amergin
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 10:36 AM

i have one....i call him george..


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 11:02 AM

My son Ted (now 35) when he was a little one (maybe 3? 4?) had a friend named Nammy, whom we could never see. Nammy did this, Nammy did that, Nammy didn't like this, Nammy was crazy about that. No ancestral song-memory or "spectral television" in a speaker, though.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: mack/misophist
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 11:05 AM

All my friends are imaginary. Who else would talk to me?


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: MMario
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 11:10 AM

I don't think any of my sibling or cousins had imaginary friends that were individual - but we had several collective ones.

Pamplemousse - the most active - has entertained two generations and I suspect will last at least into the third.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: JenEllen
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 11:27 AM

I'd pondered long and hard about getting another dog to keep company with the one I have already, but I just wasn't prepared to go through puppy-training again. Problem solved: Got the dog an imaginary friend named "Buck".

I highly recommend it. No extra food, no extra mess, and whenever anything goes wrong; "Buck did it." Only problem being that the dog seems to be falling for it. You ask: "Where's Buck?" and he looks longingly out the back window. Buck is out chasing rabbits and answering the call of the wild. Buck is out knocking over garbage cans. Buck is out peeing on the tallest trees in the forest.....


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 11:51 AM

One of the best lines I've heard recently is - "Religious wars are fought by groups of people claiming to have the best imaginary friend!"


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 12:08 PM

Apparently I had two very important imaginery friends when I was quite young. One was 'Georgie' and the other "Doight" (!!). My mother told me that I wrote Doight's name down several times, so they knew the spelling. Simply can't figure where the name came from....apparently the character was female. I used to draw endless stories with these two characters in the lead, on hundreds of sheets of paper.

I used to have animated conversations with them as well, and was later told that this wasn't unusual for confused creative kids.....or perhaps I was (am) just friggin' nuts!

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Uncle Metal Detector
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 05:12 PM

Fibula Mattock used to have an imaginary horse called 'Bokells Cokells'that jumped over the sea to London and then to America.

maybe I shouldn't have disclosed that piece of information - ooops!! sorry Fib.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,KingBrilliant
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 05:48 PM

I had an entire world that I used to visit. Unfortunately it was called "PoofyLand", much to the amusement of my family. It completely disappeared the day my sister "helpfully" drew me a map of it (how she imagined it). I never found my way back there, though I tried and tried. sob.
later on I had a huge colony of multicoloured "ants" that went everywhere with me. It drove my parents mad when they had to wait until all my ants had got in before they could shut the van doors. I very genuinely saw these ants, and I think it was probably a vision problem.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Kim C
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 05:56 PM

I don't remember having imaginary friends myself, but...

My friend Lisa told me that her little girl, Grace, talks about her "other brother." Well, Grace only has one brother. What that means, I don't rightly know. I have heard, though, that children aren't as far removed from the Veil as we adults are, for those of you who believe in such things.

Some of you in the US may have seen a story on 48Hours or one of those new programs, about a 4-year-old girl who got lost hiking with her grandparents. They did find her, alive and well (albeit hungry), but in an unlikely spot. She had to navigate some nasty rocks and water. They asked her how she did that, and she said, "My friend helped me." She was very matter-of-fact about this.

She said her friend was a little girl named Alicia, or something like that. It turns out that a little girl with a very, very similar name had got lost and died in that area many years ago. I'm not making this up.

Anyway, it gave me the willies. I think we should not pooh-pooh the little ones' invisible playmates. What is that verse in the Bible about entertaining angels unaware?


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Helen
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 06:52 PM

My imaginary (well, so everyone else said) friend was called Betty. Betty did lots of things, but I often got into trouble for it even though I told Mum & Dad that "Betty did it!".

I can't say for sure what the explanation is, but I am psychic, and I seriously suspect that she wasn't just in my imagination.

I dreamt about her once when I was in my 20's and she was dressed in a pinafore of the fashion close to the turn of the century (1900's) and our house was furnished and painted in the style of that era as well - which is when it was built. So, I lean more and more towards the belief that there was someone there, although in spirit rather than flesh.

I am not quite sure when Betty arrived, but I think that it was when my sister went to school and I was left at home. My sister and I are less than a year apart in age and were inseparable, and more like twins.

One of my favourite films is Frop Dead Fred, partly because it is really funny, partly because it has a serious psychological side to it, but mostly because it deals with imaginary friends in a nice way.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Amos
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 08:11 PM

The problem is not that we have imaginary friends. What worries me is trhat we may be their imaginary friends.

And if they grow up, and concern themselves only with what is real (to them), we may thereby lose our ability to cross over. We'd be just sort of solid, meat-headed, dead-of-mind mechanisms shorn of life energy...

Come to think of it....


:>)


A


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: MAG
Date: 19 Sep 02 - 10:32 PM

Margie Adam:

When I was growing up,
My best friend was a unicorn
The others smiled at me and called me - crazy

But I was not upset
By knowing I did not conform
I always knew their thinking must be - hazy

The unicorn and I would while away the hours
Dancing prancing and romancing in the wild flowers
And we'd sing ...

Seeing is believing - in the things you see;
Loving is believing in the ones you love (repeat)

Two more verses. I'll find 'em and post 'em if you want. Must be other Margie Adam fans out there ...

And no, I didn't have imaginary friends; I just talked to my dolls in the full expectation that they would answer me back.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 20 Sep 02 - 01:24 AM

How do we know that children's "imaginary" friends aren't there? Maybe growing older, kids get more cynical, and start to ignore their I.F.'s...


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Jeanie
Date: 20 Sep 02 - 03:44 AM

I was born with a stillborn twin sister, and although I wasn't told "officially" about her until my teens, I *always* knew. We used to skip along the pavement side by side, and sometimes she would run ahead, and I was always so happy when she was around. Even earlier memories than that are of my friends "Gang" and "Mato" (pronounced mah-to - in reference to the tomato/tomahto thread !)These were kind of elf people, about one foot tall, and I saw them as clearly as I saw anything else. Gang was black and spiky and used to turn up when I was in a bad mood. Mato had a red hat. He was the "good guy", and I used to make room for him to sit next to me in my pushchair. A bit later, when I was about 4, a wonderfully flamboyant lady called Dornis Tremenda came on the scene. Whereas Gang and Mato, and my twin, were totally real, I remember that Dornis started out being real, but I then rather enjoyed elaborating on her.

My daughter had a whole troupe who used to follow us around, who were called "The Daties". They used to drive along behind us in their caravan, which they then parked outside our house. She used to get up in the night sometimes to look out and check that the daties were still there.

I'm very interested in the post that started this thread: Swansong's 3 year old daughter singing very old songs taught by her "imaginary" friend. I never sang old songs, but a lot of the "made-up" words I used as a small child, were, it turns out, Berlin dialect words. I was born in Britain, with no connections with German or Germany. German always came amazingly easily to me, and in translation exams at school and university (which in my day were always without dictionaries) I was always right in my "hunches" of the meanings of unfamiliar words. I wonder if this is some kind of tapping in to a collective unconscious, and if this is what is happening with Swansong's daughter ? Fascinating.

This has become rather a long post, but I must also add here a poem written by my seriously disabled but fiercely independent friend Claire. One of the most moving performances I've ever seen was Claire reading this poem about her imaginary friend Susan, who was her helpmate and lifeline as a lonely, disabled child:

Susan was a pretty girl

With shoulder-length blonde hair,

Bright and vivacious,

She didn't have a care.

Susan was all I wanted,

And wasn't at the time,

She helped me see I had a life,

I wasn't marking time.

I thank the Lord for Susan,

Though she is now set free.

She was never real -

Only imaginary for me

To cure a sense of loneliness,

But now I am so glad

I need Susan no longer,

For by God's strength, I stand.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 20 Sep 02 - 04:25 AM

I had a bright red dragon as my imaginary friend and when my dad bought a mini I was upset because I thought my dragon wouldn't be able to fit in it!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Claire M (Permanant GUEST!)
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 06:53 AM

Hiya,

That's really interesting about your friend, Jeanie. I had a very good imagination, full of pixies and castles and witches and elves (but not 700 of the latter, thankfully)

Now more often than not there is a singer in the stories I write who leaves you "spellbound, and people drinking enormous quantities of ale, and the lead character always has a disability as do I.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Bettynh
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 11:49 AM

From John McCutcheon's website:

Imaginary Friend

Song credits:
words & music by John McCutcheon & Si Kahn

He gets up in the morning
He doesn't have to go to school
Unimaginably smart
He's impossibly cool
Speaks eleventy-nine languages
He's an educated fool
And he's waiting just for me

Chorus

Imaginary friend, imaginary friend
When you're here beside me
The party never ends
When Mom comes in
And says, "You better turn out the light"
I lie there and imagine
That we're staying up all night
You know I really love you
Yes I do
Beautiful imaginary you

I see her in the movies
I watch her on TV
I hear her on the radio
She's singing just for me
Each time she wins the lottery
I get it all for free
Imagine how surprised they're gonna be

Chorus

Bridge

They say they don't believe me
They'll never say her name
They say I'm being childish
It's just a silly game
They say that I'll grow out of it
They say I'll soon forget
Imagine their embarrassment
As we step off our private jet

As we grow old together
We'll never be alone
Because we'll have imaginary
Children of our own
With a long unlisted number
On our imaginary phone
If you find it, you can call me up for free
And you can be...

Chorus

©1992 John McCutcheon/Appalsongs (ASCAP) & Joe Hill Music (ASCAP)


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Bettynh
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 11:59 AM

My son Virgil had a family of bats as friends. A mother, father, boy and girl if I remember right. The next-door neighbors had had a problem in their attic, if that's some sort of an explanation, and their appearance was announced with "My bats say I don't have to go to bed." They were present for several weeks, the most memorable being the time Virgil burst into tears while riding in the car - there had been a terrible accident, and the bat family was involved. Thinking fast with a crying kid in the back of my car, I explained that the ambulance would arrive and take them to the hospital, and although broken bones might be involved, and a hospital stay, they'd be alright. I still can envision the bat family wheeling pappa bat home in a wheelchair.

Then, finally, came the unanswerable question: Harlan, Virgil's twin, sitting next to a crying brother, asked "How come I don't have any bats?"


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 12:56 PM

When he was 3-4-5 my nephew had *something* that no one could see. He called 'it' "nanna". It seemingly always frightened him. In the middle of the day he would come tearing into the house, cry 'nanna!' and hide himself behind his mother or a piece of furniture. He would sometimes do the same, coming in from a different room.

When he was 20 or so, I once asked him who or what nanna was. He didn't remember.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Megan L
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 01:14 PM

Well there used to be a six foot tall silver white invisible siberian timber werewolf called Ashoka who resided in mudchat he lived under the table and made a very comfy pillow when one of us said something naughty and dived under there to hide.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 05:32 PM

Cartoon, years ago.

Angry little girl alone in her room. She says, "Where were you when I *needed* an imaginary friend!"


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: open mike
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 01:36 AM

My daughter had a friend she called Oma. I was a bit angry at the day care teacher who convinced her that her friend was not real. harumph!


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Allan C.
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 05:56 AM

Yes, Megan L, I remember Ashoka from this insightful thread:


thread.cfm?threadid=44797#660311


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Megan L
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 12:12 PM

Jings lad that took me back mind you he is getting on a bit thats why he is more white than grey these days :)


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Claire M
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 03:58 PM

Hiya,

I learnt a couple of old-fashioned words via various songs, but I soon realised it wasn't normal to talk like this & stopped. Dad told me that folk singers really did talk like that; I believed him.

A well-meaning lady who worked with me persuaded me to stop said imagination. That started off a spiral of unhappiness, only really picking up when I started to be creative again.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 05:17 PM

My sister had a strange invisible friend called, apparently, Martin. He lived 'in the Black House' and scribbled on our walls with a crayon. Even if caught with crayon in hand, she insisted it was Martin who had vandalised the wallpaper. I went one better and had two, called Bobby and Linda. They were rather uninteresting as they merely accompanied me when I went out to play.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 08:50 PM

I suppose "imaginary" would best describe my 600 or so "Facebook friends."

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: gnu
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 09:14 PM

600 cyberspace friends? No wonder you never email me.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 09:34 PM

I'm one of 'em, so maybe I'm not real...

I had an imaginary friend, and luckily no one ever tried to talk me out of him. My mom referred to him as "imaginary" and so did I. I knew what it meant, but he was respected even if he was created out of my imagination. My mom asked me how he was some time later, and I didn't remember him at all. My mother remembered my invisible friend's name when I couldn't. I still can't.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: number 6
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 10:38 PM

and then there's .... Chongo

biLL .. ;)


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 06:02 AM

I think it's important psychologically to 'go along' with the imaginary friend and not pooh pooh it. My mum used to say, "Will you please tell your friend Martin that if I find any more scribblings on the walls, he will get a smacked bottom." My sister twigged.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 02:09 PM

This is a fascinating thread, especially the satirical and religious comments.

Since we have two hemispheres of mind/brain, talking to ones 'other self' or talking to themselves may be an evolutionary advantage of reflection to clarify thoughts and actions. The "friend" some talk to is obviously themself or an aspect of themself.

Talking to oneself is not a schizophrenic symptom, that usually involves being talked to. People who talk to themselves is usually an organizational and decision making process.

Some autistic children who were deprived of speech until the age of 5 or 6 became accustomed to having an internal dialog that eventually became an out loud dialog when they finally learned to speak aloud.
They are the worst liars in the world since all you need do is listen in.

The culturally common example of the old scientist talking to himself is accepted as a normal idiosyncrasy.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 03:10 PM

I have always thought that the smallest unit of conciousness is the feedback loop. In our nervous system we have trillions of possible feed back loops. Taken together they are our consciousness, not our conscious mind but our consciousness working in and with the universe and the bounty our planet planet provides.

The conscious mind however is the idiot son of consciousness. Perhaps best alluded to by Amos as "The problem is not that we have imaginary friends. What worries me is trhat we may be their imaginary friends.

And if they grow up, and concern themselves only with what is real (to them), we may thereby lose our ability to cross over. We'd be just sort of solid, meat-headed, dead-of-mind mechanisms shorn of life energy..." There is a solid truth in this satire. The conscious mind is a dullard fascinated by shiney objects.

An integrated consciousness has the ability to; not have one imaginary friend but to see what others see. For the blind man to see even if the sight is not composed of light. To sense time as a wave so that the near future and near past all overlap...
In short to have far more than 5 senses but at least 10.

A fully integrated consciousness may not only have an imaginary friend but may require it at the outset in the evolution of sharing the consciousness of others.

To not have one would be a deficit.

When an imaginary friend is imposed on a person such as a god figure or an ever watching authority, the manipulation of such an individual would be profound. It would be particularly controlling in people who are by nature have a linear one track mind. The outside influence would be at least as powerful as post hypnotic suggestions.

Since you see where I am going with this let me end with viva l'amis imaginarie.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: gnu
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 04:27 PM

Not always healthy. Take Spaw, for instance. He keeps telling his imaginary friend to blow him and that's just MORE rejection. Hopes and dreams dashed.

Yes, I know we are talkng about children but Spaw still qualifies. Thank goodness!


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Claire M
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 01:31 PM

Hiya,

I've thought Gene Hunt is (was?) gorgeous for ages. & there seems to be lots of women who feel the same as me. Even though I knew he'd never hear it I wrote a song about him ('Gene Hunt Blues') & actually got back into folk when I thought he'd be killed off, because none of the music I owned at the time fitted. So I nicked 'The Lark In The Morning' off my dad, & found I loved it.

Also various musicians became something similar at various points –- if they weren't they must not have been important enough to me. They've also inspired characters for stories; the wise woman with the fantastic voice, the man who plays the enchanted violin …....

I feel sane, & I'm told I am, but I'm not convinced. As a severely disabled person it almost doesn't really matter. A plus point is I very rarely get bored.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 01:53 PM

I've had imaginary friends all my life. I always knew they were imaginary, though, so I can't see that there's any problem with it.

The interesting thing is how some of them evolve with time, while others remain unchanged.

Spaw's inability to get any of his imaginary friends to blow him is indeed a tragic case. I put it down to too much reading of Cheech Wizard in his formative years. Cheech was always expecting someone to blow him.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Claire M
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 04:35 PM

Hiya,

I've sent you a PM, Little Hawk.

I'd love to meet you all – maybe at a gig ??


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 16 Sep 12 - 07:42 AM

Even my imaginary friends don't talk to me any more...

RtS


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Claire M
Date: 29 Sep 12 - 11:56 AM

Hiya,

For me, fantasy was (& is) more interesting than real life, simply because not being able to do a lot for myself was boring, & very painful. & the good thing is because I mixed up said musicians with their songs/films, – which was where their "magic powers" came from for the daft stories I write – I was never, & am never disappointed by them.

I've read in the magazines I get that disabled people have loads of guardian angels. It's all just a grown-up version of a fantasy novel.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Sep 12 - 12:36 PM

It must have been an imaginary PM, Claire, cos there is nothing from you in my list of messages.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: mmm1a
Date: 29 Sep 12 - 01:21 PM

My two youngest children both had , I wouldn't say imaginary , but friends that we didn't see. my son would sit in his crib and react as if someone was right in front of him and my daughter would sing and talk to someone when she was downstairs in her bedroom. I asked one time who she was talking to and her answer confirmed my suspicions,
she said she was talking to Grandma. Both sets of grandparents had been gone for quite a few years. I figured it was probaly my Mom, so I just kind of watched and made sure that she wouldn't get freaked out. neither one of the kids remember these events.
mmm1a


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: Claire M
Date: 29 Sep 12 - 03:43 PM

Hiya,

Maybe I forgot to send it, LH –you've got it now!

Of course it's not always healthy. I'd say it depends how far you take it, & whether you can distinguish what's real & what isn't. I just see it as having a good imagination. I'm always making calendars or pictures with some magic symbol on & song lyrics in a weird font –- must've been all those creepy songs I listened to.

Due to my situation I've spent time with intensely boring people out of necessity. Either they have nothing to talk about, or can't speak due to disability. The former type (who are usually less interesting than the latter) are those people who look at me gone out when they ask me whether I get bored or depressed & I say no.


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Subject: RE: Imaginary Friends
From: ragdall
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 03:05 AM

You're all my imaginary friends.

rags


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