“Daddyo, do you have an imaginary friend?”

Overheard in The Five-Year-Old’s room during storytime…

The Five-Year-Old, curiously: “Daddyo, do you have an imaginary friend?”

Daddyo, carefully: “No.”

The Five-Year-Old, sadly: “Oh.”

A slight pause and then The Five-Year-Old, brightly: “How about I give you one of my kittens. It hasn’t been named. You could give it a name.”

The approximate number of imaginary kittens The Five-Year-Old has available for adoption at any given time. (Equation/Image Credit: P.S. Phillips)

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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3 Responses to “Daddyo, do you have an imaginary friend?”

  1. My sister has at least 5 imaginary friends, whom we all know by name. (she plays games against them, monopoly being one of her favorites)
    I absolutely loved how the 5YO wants to give her dad one of her ‘kittens’.

    And on a side note, this would make a wonderful children’s story. May I borrow it and play around with the idea? I’m not sure if I can come up with anything better than what is so funny/adorable here, but I’d like to try.


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