May 4 10

Once upon a time there was a fancy little girl named Isabella. She was full-time fancy.

And we all know that every fancy girl needs a boy in her life to worship her because, yes, we have seen Pretty in Pink. (PS. For some reason, Emily cannot figure out that his name is Duckie…and not Quackie) And because there were no quirky suitors around, Isabella made one up. His name was Eneed. Yes it was. Eneed came on the scene several years ago, and when you are only four, several years ago is a long time. A very long time. Eneed ate at the table with us and rode in the car “He’s almost 5, Mama, he can sit in a booster” and came out to dinner with us and slept on the floor in Isabella’s room. We kind of just got used to having Eneed around. I mean, dude drove all the way down to Atlanta with us and was, by far, the best behaved in the car.

People are fascinated by her tales of Eneed. And how her facts are always the same. He has a permanent scar on his left arm from when it broke and Isabella had to take him to the emergency room and she sat with him for over four days until a doctor would see him and give him xrays. His birthday is “August somethingth” and he’s two years older than Isabella. He doesn’t like cake, but he likes pie. These stories never change.

This weekend, however, I got to hear a new Eneed story. One I have never heard before.

Her: Hey, Isabella, how’s Eneed?

Isabella: Oh, he’s dead.

Her: Oh no! What happened to him?

Isabella: Well, I didn’t need him anymore so I chopped him up into little pieces with my knife and now he’s dead.


And the bells start ringing in my ears and all of a sudden all I hear is “Danny isn’t here Mrs. Torrence” and oh my god, Eneed is Jodie the Pig and we are in Amityville and please tell me she can’t start fires with her mind or start vomiting pea soup and oh my god, maybe letting her wear masks is probably not the best idea…

Also, I’m totally sleeping with the lights on tonight.

  1. At least you didn’t have to have an imaginary funeral for him. Or call the imaginary police so she could turn herself in.

    Though, those both would have been great blog posts.


    Comment by Libby on May 4, 2010
  2. yes. silver linings!


    Comment by ali on May 4, 2010
  3. That photo with the magnifying glass will always crack me up.

    The best was when she asked Gabe to put on her ballerina clothes and he said no. And then she asked you and you said yes. And then she wore two different shoes, one with Doritos in it.

    GAH! I miss you guys!


    Comment by Kristabella on May 4, 2010
  4. My 5 yo has these imaginary animal friends. Your daughter’s a very creative one! =)


    Comment by Glenda on May 4, 2010
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  6. I used to be sad that Emily didn’t have an imaginary friend. Now? Not so much. ;)


    Comment by Angella on May 4, 2010
  7. That is SOOO creepy. When I was a kid I had an imaginary friend named “Chickles.” At some point you get to the place where you don’t need your friend anymore so you just stop talking about them, but I NEVER chopped my friend up. Apparently this shows that tv must be really violent nowadays for her to have even come up with that idea. I wouldn’t be worried… YET.


    Comment by Cassandra on May 4, 2010
  8. love that pic with the magnifying glass .. sooo cool!
    that is pretty creepy, for sure! they do come up with the darndest hings. BTW .. is that your ‘column’ in the background or you moms? :)


    Comment by Sarah on May 4, 2010
  9. phew!!! my almost 4 yr old says odd things like that at times too & I would get all freaked out, now am feeling an insy teeny wit better – please keep us updated! I hope we’ll laugh at these memories in 20 yrs


    Comment by maria on May 4, 2010


    Comment by Allison Zapata on May 4, 2010
  11. And now I have the overwhelming urge to watch Drop Dead Fred tonight.

    I actually never had an imaginary friend growing up. Though at one point I was convinced all the boys I liked could see me whenever I wanted them to, and so I would sometimes smile and wink at corners of the room. Haaa!


    Comment by Kerri Anne on May 4, 2010
  12. I love this… it’s adorable, and hilarious and a little bit creepy!


    Comment by Justine on May 4, 2010
  13. OH BELLA.

    (I think I leave that comment 4 times a week here)


    Comment by slynnro on May 4, 2010
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