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Saturday Puzzle-Contest: An Imaginary Friend
Saturday, June 1st, 2024

As I start typing, I can tell this is going to be a meandering post. Sorry—not sorry.

I had a good night’s sleep. I’ve had my first cup of coffee. I’ve been reflecting that the summer is off to a good start. The kids have activities lined up. Opportunities for earnings (special chores). I have little fetch-and-carriers who can run up and down the stairs so I don’t have to as I work away at my desk. The pool is gradually getting clearer. (We added clarifier last night, so hopefully, the last of the fogginess will dissipate.) We want to be able to see the snakes.

Anyway, we’re finding our summer groove. One thing we love to do is watch movies, whether in the theater or at home. Usually, in the summer we limit our ventures to the theater to once a month, if that. It’s so dang expensive to take six people to the theater! But to kick off the first week of summer, this past Thursday, we drove the 45 minutes to a neighboring city to catch the movie If. The kids and I loved it. My daughter and SIL complained that it wasn’t as crazy/zany as they would’ve liked. Yes, I cried too many times during the second half of the movie, but I couldn’t help it. Folks reuniting with their imaginary friends… Who wouldn’t want to live that? When I watch a movie, I’m in the movie. It’s my experience, too.

Yesterday, the 15 and 10 year-olds joined me in my living area to watch Interstellar. I’ve made it a goal this summer to watch every Christopher Nolan movie, and since the 15-year-old and I are the only ones in the house who LOVED last year’s Oppenheimer (the others thought it was too long, too boring–what!?), but she was as riveted as I was, so she and I have committed to watching CN movies this summer together. I hadn’t seen¬†Interstellar since it originally came out, so I’d forgotten a lot about it. The three of us (even the 10-year-old) were again riveted.

Aside from my stated goal of watching every Chris Nolan movie ever made this summer, months ago, I bought a poster I adhered to my bedroom door—one of those “100 Greatest Movies Ever Made” things. It’s a big scratch-off list, and I’ve decided I am going to force myself to watch every movie on the list, and hopefully, find some company in the house to do it with me, too. I worry the kids are too fixated on their phones or TikToks and need a little film history education. So, I scratched off the first one—Shawshank Redemption. My dd and the 15-year-old watched it with me. Great movie, just not one I would want to repeat because admittedly my favorite genres are Sci-Fi, action, and comedy. Next up on the list is The Dark Knight—which will kill two birds with one stone—it’s a Chris Nolan flick!

So, that was my long meander. Sorry (not!). For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, solve the puzzle, then tell me whether you ever had an imaginary friend when you were a child.

17 comments to “Saturday Puzzle-Contest: An Imaginary Friend”

  1. cindy
    · June 1st, 2024 at 9:19 am · Link

    That’s a yes and no. As a kid, I had an active imagination, so if I made a bow an arrows and shot them at the hillside, the whole band of merry men were there. If I was playing school, I had a classroom. If I played spy, I had a partner. But, as I got older and my BFF at the time in school, presented me with his premise for the Synlab series, those characters–real on paper, but just as real in my imagination, came to life. Since I still write that series, those ‘people’ are still with me. And talk to me providing plot ideas and twists.

  2. Pansy Petal
    · June 1st, 2024 at 9:53 am · Link

    I don’t recall having any imaginary friends myself. But, my daughter sure did. More than one even. I think I missed out.

  3. Linda Rhoden
    · June 1st, 2024 at 9:56 am · Link

    Never had a imaginary friend

  4. Colleen C.
    · June 1st, 2024 at 12:15 pm · Link

    No I did not, but I pranked my friends by saying I had a little leprechaun on my shoulder when I was a kid.

  5. Beth
    · June 1st, 2024 at 12:32 pm · Link

    Had our pets and my stuffies so I never really had an imaginary friend.

  6. Debra Guyette
    · June 1st, 2024 at 1:02 pm · Link

    I did not.

  7. Eileen McCall
    · June 1st, 2024 at 2:56 pm · Link


  8. Beckie
    · June 1st, 2024 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Nope, no imaginary friend.

  9. Diane Sallans
    · June 1st, 2024 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Not that I remember – and if I did I’m sure my older brother would have teased me about if I had.

  10. Jennifer Beyer
    · June 1st, 2024 at 6:35 pm · Link

    I never really had an imaginary friend. I guess I never had a need since I always had people around me.

  11. Delilah
    · June 1st, 2024 at 8:04 pm · Link

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend, but I “lived” in several different worlds when I was a kid. I was a Russian spy who tried to outsmart Illya Kuryakin from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I was a fellow astronaut in Lost in Space. I was a yeoman who tried to catch Jim Kirk’s eye.

    Now, the 19-year-old who watched The Bee Movie and It’s a Bug’s Life over and over tried to have conversations with caterpillars. I had to tell her their mouths were too small for her to hear them respond. She also had an imaginary friend (I wish I could remember her name) she’d gossip and giggle with.

  12. kerry pruett
    · June 1st, 2024 at 8:06 pm · Link

    I didn’t have an imaginary friend when I was little, but I did talk to myself a lot since I am an only child.

  13. BN
    · June 2nd, 2024 at 12:03 am · Link


  14. Deb Brown
    · June 2nd, 2024 at 5:05 am · Link


  15. flchen
    · June 2nd, 2024 at 5:56 pm · Link


    What a charming photo! I don’t think I had an imaginary friend as a child, but loved reading and loved imagining being in the worlds I read about. Books will always take you places and also make good friends!

  16. Dana Zamora
    · June 9th, 2024 at 11:42 am · Link

    I don’t think I did have imaginary friends as a kid, but I want to see that movie If, thank you for the opportunity

  17. Sarah Ulfers
    · June 9th, 2024 at 12:02 pm · Link

    No I didn’t have an imaginary friend for real life but I did live in the stories in my head.

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