Why Everyone Needs an Imaginary Friend
I recently read a book called Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, by Matthew Dicks and I started thinking about why I don’t have an imaginary friend. I can’t recall ever having one. Do I not have enough imagination that I can’t even have a friend that I made up? It is not like I had a lot of friends growing up. Certainly, I could find some holes in the friendships I did have to build myself an aggregate worth their salt.
There is no time like the present though. So imagining my imaginary friend, I will give it many special abilities. First, it will have the ability to burn off calories from whatever body part I indicate while I sleep. Second, it will be able to walk the dog when I’m writing. I also think it should plan the meals and make dinner, even getting the groceries.
Being realistic, which is something that you don’t really have to be when you are designing the perfect imaginary friend (IFs), I think I should remember the limitations of most IFs—is it funny that an imaginary friend is an if, like as if they are not in the room? Anyway, from my reading, it appears imaginary friends can’t actually do anything I need them to do. So maybe I don’t need one after all.
But then again, when I talk to my dog in an empty room he doesn’t even lookup. Maybe my IF could talk back to me. Keep me company as it was when our dog is sleeping or annoyed with me. Reflecting, I think maybe I do need an IF because Scooby is not getting any younger so teaching him to talk might be a trick he will never learn. Also, he has been eating bunnies lately, so he is too busy for me anyway.
I’m so glad we had this conversation. I will introduce you to my imaginary friend, named IF, as soon as we have formulated a real imaginary relationship.
BTW: The book was terrific. I highly recommend it.