January 29, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 5): Imaginary Friends & Stuffed Animals You Loved

It's Week 5 of our THIRD YEAR of 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012. This is our third year writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants.

If you are just joining us, you can take a peek at the last two years' of topics by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of the blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, and the topics are just a guide if you want or need them.

The goal is to write - to put your memories on paper for your descendants. So please join us and write either here as a comment, or in your private journal or on your own blog.

I saw about 5 minutes of a movie last night. I don't recall the name but it was based on a very weird premise - that a woman's imaginary friend from childhood became real. The main point though is that the story jogged a memory of my own imaginary friend from childhood!

Did you have one? I'm curious how many of us did have a friend who wasn't real. I suspect the numbers are low but perhaps not.

My imaginary friend wasn't a person, it was a horse. I've long forgotten its name and doubt anyone in my family remembers either. I would have been between 4 and 6 years old when I had this horse.

I took it everywhere with me and my mother would get very impatient as I often had to wait for my horse to get through a door or catch up when we were walking somewhere. It really annoyed her!

I don't remember much about my imaginary horse except that one day as we came home from a walk into town, my mother let the screen door go and I began screaming. She had caught my horse in the door and killed it. I've no idea why my youthful self decided it was time for imaginary horse to go away nor why I would make my mother the villain. I'm sure a psychiatrist could have a field day with that projection!

And to further muddy the waters, I was actually quite terrified of horses as a child. Go figure.

Tell us about your imaginary playmate if you had one! If you didn't, just write about other "friends" such as a stuffed animal that you loved.

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