When I was a little girl, I had an imaginary friend named Patty Kaye. I grew up in a house with two older brothers, and I very much wanted a sister. Patty Kaye filled the bill perfectly. She and I did everything and went everywhere together. For my fourth birthday party I insisted there should be a place setting for Patty Kaye, because I knew she would be very upset if I didn't include her in the festivities. And believe me, you didn't want to upset Patty Kaye. She could be very mean when she was angry. But she was my constant companion, and was always with me. I can't quite remember when Patty Kaye left me, perhaps I left her, and I have a feeling that if I listen very closely, I can still feel her presence. Perhaps she was my guardian angel, or perhaps she was just the lonely spirit of a child who had passed on, and needed to still feel connected to this world.
Imaginary companions are an integral part of many children's lives. They provide comfort in times of stress, companionship when they're lonely, someone to boss around when they feel powerless, and someone to blame for the broken lamp in the living room. Most important, an imaginary companion is a tool young children use to help them make sense of the adult world. Kutner, Lawrence. Insights for Parents: Midnight Monsters and Imaginary Companions.
"Is this the criminal?"
"No," I said, "Patty Kaye did it, but she's hiding."
Patty Kaye still occasionally gets me into trouble, and if I listen very closely, I can hear her giggling.
Who was your imaginary friend? I'll bet he or she is still with you.