I've asked Punkin about this recently, but she doesn't remember.
For a little while when Punkin was around 2 or 3 years old, she had an imaginary friend. She referred to this friend as Rory, but she often misprounced words at that age. I was never clear on whether or not the friend's name was Rory or Worry. She spoke about him often enough (and Rory was a him she said) that it made me very curious. Rory wasn't always there, just sometimes. Rory was never really a character, like her baby dolls were. She didn't 'play' with Rory. She rarely assigned him a personality -- it was more like she was just commenting that he was there.
Now, I've been intrigued with 'ghosts' and 'spirits' for years, and honestly, I'm not sure what I believe about the supernatural. I'm sort of a 'believing skeptic', I guess. I could never be sure if Rory was really something/someone Punkin was seeing, or something/someone she just made up. Curiousity got the best of me one day, and I asked her what Rory looked like. She looked at me quizzically before answering, "He's purple blue, Mommy." That was as much information as I would ever get out of her about Rory.
Repeated attempts to clarify the Rory/Worry were never successful. It could be "Rory", like a person. It could be "Worry". If it was "worry", she just made it a tangible thing. Worry does feel like a tangible thing, doesn't it? Especially when you're a parent. With work, with the kids... it never really ends.
After I asked Punkin what Rory looked like, she stopped mentioning him. Did he just disappear, or did she just stop talking about him because she realized I couldn't see him? Either way, it intrigues me. It just seemed to me like it was more than an imaginary friend.
Have you or your kids ever had an imaginary friend? What was their "relationship" like?