When I was a kid I somehow heard about imaginary friends and how lots of children have them. I didn't have one. But it sounded SO COOL to have one. My best friend Kristen had one named Lisie Kinder. She was so cool (Kristen was, not Lisie, as I never met her...).
But yes, no matter how hard I tried I couldn't imagine one up. Apparently that's not how it works! So imagine my delight when one day Isabelle told me about her friends, Tina and Tralala.
Tina and Tralala were her invisible friends. They were so fun for her, and we loved hearing stories about them. We would hear about their games they'd play, their tender moments, their fights, even now and then about Tina and Tralala's extended family. It was so cute and endearing.
One day we were all in the car and Belle was filling us in on all the latest gossip about T & T. She said, "Tina doesn't want Tralala to keep making fun of him, but Tralala KEEPS making fun of him, so Tina is really mad."
Tyler said, "Wait, why are you calling Tina a boy? You should say Tralala is making fun of HER."
Belle replied, "DAD. Tina is a boy."
We all kind of sat there, stunned. Tina? Our friend Tina was a boy?
"Oh, ok," Tyler responded. "My bad."
Images from Cape Cod.