TALKING TO MY IMAGINARY REAL FRIEND #1 (SHORT STORY)

Hi there! We start a short story series today. It’s a story of childhood, the wonder and innocence of it. It’s also a story of family life, marital trouble and hope. Above all, it’s a story that shows the difference that a relationship with God can make in the life of an individual and in a family. It is intriguing, suspenseful and exhilarating. Here’s the first segment. Do you feel some anticipation? Then jump right in.

TALKING TO MY IMAGINARY REAL FRIEND #1

Friday 9:01 p.m.
The lights are off and I’m all alone in bed in the room I share only with myself. My parents are watching TV in the living room and laughing so loud. I wish I could be with them but they won’t let me. They probably think I’m asleep but I’m glad for the sound.

They know I’m afraid of the dark and although I’m only six and have no brother or sister, they expect me to sleep here. They normally say a masked spirit will come and get me if I’m bad, so I’m thinking hard to remember if I gave it a reason today to do that.

They also say I can tell God everything. God is to me like my classmate, Junior’s imaginary friend. My parents say he is real. I don’t know, I’ve never seen him and neither have they, but it sure feels good to talk to him.

When I talk to God, I feel that he is listening and I hear some questions from him in my heart which when I answer makes it feel like a proper conversation. I guess that really makes him real. For example, I would talk to him every night about wanting a baby brother. Once he asked me why and I said I want someone to play with.

He said he’ll give me a playmate soon and I told my parents. They warned me that it’s only a hope, that I shouldn’t sound so sure but later that week, Uncle Tim, whose wife died last year came and said he was planning to go back to school by next month and needed my five-year-old cousin, Tamuno, to stay with us. So you see, I’ll get a playmate very soon.

That’s one thing I’ve learnt about God. He doesn’t always agree with me. But I don’t mind because he knows what is best for me. Like this little brother and playmate thing. I figure a playmate close to my age will be easier to get along with than a baby brother who can’t talk but will probably be yelling half the time. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to be an only child.

So, I know that after a while, I’ll remind God about giving me a baby brother or sister. Maybe, then the time will be right and He will. The time will be right … where did that come from? I never thought of it like that before. Hmmnn. What does it even mean? Tomorrow, I’ll ask my mum. Maybe, she will know.

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-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016

My heart goes out to this little boy. I just want to scoop him up in my arms and assure him that no masked anything will ever come for him, that none will come anywhere near him. What about you? How do you feel about the story?

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.

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64 thoughts on “TALKING TO MY IMAGINARY REAL FRIEND #1 (SHORT STORY)

  1. Nice one Ma.I have not been your stories for a while now because of some problems beyond my control but it is now fixed.I will read all

  2. the boy is soooooo cute. when i saw the title i thought it was gonna be like those American fictions with the “imaginary friends” but friends with Jesus at such a young age is so much better AND CUTE

  3. the story is real and teaches the truth. parents who taught their children from tender age how anyone can have a lovely friend in God is the best in all time.

  4. The description in this story gives you a strong imagery, what a lively story, I could feel his loneliness and just wish I could cheer him up. well it is just a story. can’t wait to read further and get to know him more……

  5. wow, what a nice write up, very touching, the parents did a great job in grooming the child up at a tender age to know that we have a lovely friend in Jesus whom we could always talk to, how i wish other parents will emulate it.

  6. It’s a wonderful and heart touching story. I can imagine what the littel boy is going through. God answers prayers especially that of little children. I believe he will give him a younger brother or sister soon.

  7. When growing up I had a lot of imaginary friends and till today I still believe they are always here with me. Thanks for sharing a post I can relate to.

  8. the story is really heart touching. i can image how it feels like not having play mate especially when you are still very young. God answers prayers and i believe He will not change in this girls situation.

  9. I wish it didn’t stop. My imaginary real friend, I can really relate with this beacuse I talk with God that same way, like He is right with me. Nice piece, ma!

  10. Hmmmm,this little boy makes me feel for him ooo! God, please give him a playmate. it is not really the fault of the boy or his parents but God knows best. To him God is an imaginary friend but I believe that he is real.

  11. This is really touching
    God actually knows what is right for us at every point of our lives.Just the way he sent Tamuno, he will send a baby brother at the right time

  12. Lol. The little girl is actually acting her age. I believe God is always there for us. Whether small, young and old. The male baby will come..

  13. Wow such a little boy with great faith. Talking to his imaginary friend gives him the confidence that his younger brother will come soon. Such is the kind of faith we need to possess as the children of God.

  14. The boy is so curious and needs answers to his questions. Aww so cute of him to want a sibling( a little sister will be the best for him cause girls are naturally calm and are good listeners).

  15. Awwwww what a cute little boy! He already has God as his friend. Lol,i hope he knows God is as real as anyone, even more so. At least he’s getting his wish for a play mate soon.I guess We’ll see if he gets a little brother or sister too. Nice idea for a story aunty #smiles#

  16. This young boy seems very intelligent. He’s also very adorable. It’s really nice that he speaks to God like a real friend. I know God will eventually give him what he’s been asking for

  17. I love the child in this story. If grown up people could be like this, the world would be a better place. The little child understood that God has a time for everything and would give you what you desire at the appointed time. He asked for a baby brother and God brought his male cousin. He understood this to be that God knew a baby brother would not be able to play with him as he wanted. God’s time is the best.

  18. God is our imagery friend, though we can’t see him we should trust and have faith that he will be there for us.

  19. I smiled through out that story. The little boy seems sweet and intelligent. Indeed,God does things in His time and there’s no feeling compared with talking to Him.

  20. it feels so good when you talk with your heart and someone replies you, it is only God who knows our thought and heart desires. this little boy believed his parents advice and it work for him

  21. While reading this piece a Bible passage kept creeping my mind ” trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

  22. The story is real and teaches the truth. parents who taught their children from tender age how anyone can have a lovely friend in God is the best in all time.

  23. Awwwwwwnnnn… Such an innocent wish from a little boy. However God always knows what’s best for us and gives it to us

  24. The little kid is courageous enough to sleep in that room. God knows I’ll sleep in my parent’s presence.

  25. Oh! This story is really touching, sometimes you may not may not have everything you want, but God works in mysterious ways each time we talk to him about our problem, he listen to us. May the lord be praised. Am glad my friend got playmate he has wished for.

  26. I don’t think I imagined this deeply when I was only six. The girl must be very intelligent. It is really not easy to be lonely, not having anybody to play with. God answers prayer and I believe He will answer her prayers.
    Thank you Ma, for your efforts.

  27. Having God is your friend is awesome even when you don’t see Him. But the little still voice is speaking with you when you are all alone. I love that experience and I love the expression of the little boy in the story. I used to be scared of the dark even till I was 17. But having God as my Friend who is ever near, I am no longer afraid in the dark.

  28. When ever we go to God in prayer we feel His present. He is the only one who can fill the vacuum in us. He knows the best for us.

  29. It’s true, I am assured of God’s existence through His, a-kind-of-presence, during the times I prayed to Him. Sincerely, He does answer me, might not be directly as I asked Him of, but it’s almost always closely to what I have asked of God. The little boy, he is an incurables hopeful person. He knows God is not done with him yet.

  30. Awwww.really cute
    He definitely has a sound communication with his friend
    Also please can parents learn to stop imbibing fear in these little one.ugh@

  31. I love the way she speaks to God and the way she speaks about him . These story protrays a very vivid way of how innocent children view God. an omnipresent God that answers when the time is right.

  32. God is always there for us,He is so close to us more than we can ever imagine. Even when we can’t feel Him, and even when we cannot trace Him, he is always there for us. His still small voice is always speaking to us, giving response to our heart desires.

  33. I feel for this little boy. He has faith that God will give him a baby brother or sister to play with. I pray God grants his heart desires because he has an innocent mind.

  34. OK when i saw the title I thought it is all this fictional nollywood Hollywood movies but an imaginary real friend with Jesus am so loving the boy and God answering his prayer shows that God answers children prayers fast. Moving to next episode

  35. Awwwn cute little boy, I admire his parents for letting this little child know at this age that God is his friend. He and his playmate (cousin) Tamuno will definitely need a sister, so I join him to pray that in His own time God will give him a sister.

  36. Cute little boy 😊. The sincerity of children jus makes God answer them quickly. God give us childlike hearts

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