Did you have an imaginary friend, when you were a kid? I didn’t, and – to my knowledge – none of my nine siblings did, either. I’ve always found the concept of imaginary friends fascinating – and now Johnny (five years old) and Lily (three years old) have brought a shared imaginary friend into our home!
Meet KIEZZ – pronounced Connie. KIEZZ/Connie is a boy. You have to write his name all uppercase, because Johnny isn’t too happy with how his lowercase letters look at the moment, and he find them more difficult to read. For whatever reason, Johnny never writes or draws anything about KIEZZ/Connie – even though he writes and draws about pretty much everything else. He talks about KIEZZ/Connie all the time. KIEZZ spends a LOT of time in our house. Johnny invents most of KIEZZ/Connie’s antics, but Lily elaborates on them. She also chronicles them (see above), primarily using the three letters of her own name. She isn’t too bothered by whether or not the letters look like what they say – and, in fact, she very rarely tells me what it is supposed to say. Instead, her pages of markings are simply, “The Story of Connie”.
Johnny and Lily use KIEZZ/Connie to test out my reactions to various ideas, and as a way of finding out whether behavior is funny or inappropriate. They also enjoy the fact that KIEZZ/Connie is their friend, and that they can make him say or do whatever he wants (within reason – if KIEZZ/Connie starts acting rude, he has to go home for a while).
Do your kids have imaginary friends?