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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Imagine That 

My son has an imaginary friend, named Emily. Emily has a brother, a sister, a baby, and 8 puppies. Some terrible things have happened to Emily - she was once run over by a car, and died - but she always seems to bounce back.

I don't worry about it, because it's pretty well established that imaginary friends are normal and healthy. Indeed, if my Lovely Bride or I ever start to ask probing questions about Emily, we are reminded in no uncertain terms that she is just pretend (a comment that is usually accompanied by a look that says something like "Jeez, I know you guys are grown-ups, but you can't really be that stupid, can you?").

Still, I hope that it doesn't come to pass that I have to explain to my son how it is that his friend Emily is devastating Florida, or some such place.

(Full disclosure: As a lad, I too had an imaginary friend. I don't recall his name, but I remember that he lived in a secret compartment in my belly - and, judging by appearances, he's still there.)




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