Tony’s Sister and Her Adventures

When I was pregnant, I thought I’d read up on all of the awful worrisome things I’d have to fret over when my child was a toddler. Yes, it would make sense that I would read about infant issues, but I didn’t. I thought I’d skip ahead.

I’ve always been a read-the-last-page-first kind of gal, much to the chagrin of .. no one, really.

Anyway, one of my favorite topics because it made no sense to me whatsoever was how people worried SO MUCH about their kids having imaginary friends. They worried about the social ramifications, the emotional ramifications, and just a whole bunch of gobbledegook that often led questions about the need for therapy.

I kid you not.

Well, here we are, in reality about five years later, and you know what? I FIND IT SO CHARMING.

Around six months ago, Tony began telling us about his sister. Which, admittedly, bothered me initially. I would love LOVE love another baby, but .. we’re just not there. I’m having to (unwillingly) give up on that. Anyway, the stories he began to tell us got more and more detailed and I LOVE THEM.

Here are some details about his sister.

  • Her name is Beekey. I’m not sure how it’s spelled, because he spells it L-L-I-L-E, but it’s pronounced as if you were trying to come up with an affectionate term of endearment for Beaker on the Muppets.
  • She lives in a castle far away, which he has often pointed out to me as we drive home from school. (It is, at best, a three bedroom ranch house from the outside, but maybe the inside is roomier.)
  • She plays basketball in the league that Jack plays in, because she is ALWAYS playing in the girls’ game before Jack’s. The number on her jersey usually contains a 4. She is REALLY good, but she doesn’t always win the game, because sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t.
  • She goes to school at night, which is why we never see her there. She likes school at night better because she likes stars.
  • She is anywhere between five and seven years of age. It’s hard to keep up with, because she has about two birthdays a week.
  • She loves salad. She also loves lettuce. She really likes lettuce IN her salad, too.
  • She likes beans, which is good, because Tony doesn’t. He often wants to save his beans for Beekey.
  • She is really good at Mario Kart and she also has a Buzz Lightyear suit. As such, Tony often bemoans that he can’t visit her more often.

It really is ridiculous how much I love hearing these stories. We’ll often prompt him when he’s nearing a meltdown or getting upset about something to tell us about Beekey’s day, and I love watching him glance upward and he spins a yarn about what Beekey might have been up to.

This kid, man. He may look nothing like me, but he has a talent for the tale just like his momma.

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14 Responses to Tony’s Sister and Her Adventures

  1. Hillary February 22, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    The Boy has two imaginary friends, Jetty and Despereaux, though usually we hear about Jetty. He’s definitely the leader here. They live in California. They go surfing. Jetty teaches him songs, legitimate songs of their own invention.

    I love this, too. Love it. It’s absolutely one of my very favorite parts of being a momma.
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    • Sarah Lena February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      I want to make sure to chronicle all of the stories because HOW AWESOME IS IT? So totally awesome. And I’d like to visit Jetty one day too.

  2. Elsha February 22, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Too cute!
    Elsha wants you to read ..I have a talented sister

  3. PinkieBling February 22, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    This. Is. AWESOME. It must be amazing to hear this kind of imagination in a human you created. I love that you use it as a meltdown-avoidance tactic, too!

  4. Nanette February 22, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I love this! No imaginary friends here (yet), but if it happens, I hope she can weave such lovely accompanying tales.
    Nanette wants you to read ..Pinteractive: YUM

  5. Courtney February 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    What a great way to stimulate his imagination. I find it adorable and hope that my kid has one (for at least some point in her life).
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  6. Wendy February 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Miles doesn’t have an imaginary friends, but he does have a monkey hand puppet named “Baby Brother” who has many adventures and strong opinions about things (Baby Brother has ended up in time out more than once as he was using “cold prickly words” according to Miles).

    I adore it.
    Wendy wants you to read ..Pears

  7. Jessica February 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Oh yes, Jacob has a few imaginary friends. One is named Jacob and the other is Jayden (his cousin) and they have many conversations during car rides. Very often I have been reprimanded for interrupting their play time, but it’s his own fault for shouting MOM over and over as part of their conversation.
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  8. bessie.viola February 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    This is so awesome! I love the whole bit… I could never imagine why parents would be concerned about that. Proof of an excellent imagination!
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  9. LizzieV February 23, 2012 at 1:54 am #


  10. Jesabes February 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    My daughter has a sort-of-imaginary friend. Her friend is her second cousin, who is a real kid, but doesn’t actually go everywhere and do everything with us, like she says:)
    Jesabes wants you to read ..Eight months

  11. Elaine March 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Helen had Invisible Dragons: Pingpingpingping, Chocolate, Cheezit, and Stringpaddle. She named each of them and they did ALL KINDS of things. They went with us everywhere, but they flew along behind because they wouldn’t fit in the car. I even did a scrapbook page (shocking I know) of her Invisible Dragons. She had a restaurant for her invisible dragons and everything, because they like to eat Flondar, cooked at 350F for 20 hours. Mommy watched a lot of Food Network when Alice was an infant.

    When Helen outgrew them, Alice inherited them But only Chocolate and Cheezit. Helen kept Pingpingpingping and Stringpaddle. Stringpaddle still goes on trips with me to keep me safe from scorpions. No lie. Lots of scorpions on road trips in Helen’s imagination.

    I miss the Invisible Dragons. I totally cultivated that. šŸ™‚
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