Can someone please go rescue this little girl from her “friend” please?
Every kid plays pretend when they’re little; that’s part of the beauty of childhood. Using your imagination to create worlds of play before you become a bitter and jaded adult is a precious thing. For some kids, this imaginary play extends to the creation of an imaginary friend, which again is a totally normal part of childhood. But one little girl shared her imaginary “mum” and it’s rightly causing people to lose their shit and run for cover.
UK magazine Oh Comely asked kids to illustrate and write about the “companions” in their lives, namely their imaginary friends. So one little girl named Ruby decided to haunt our dreams with hers, who goes by the name “Grateful” and who visits her at night. Actress Natalie Morales tweeted the picture from the magazine and it understandably has people shook.
“This is my imaginary mum, Grateful. Her yellow eyelashes mean she can see in the dark – she only comes to see me at night-time. It scares me sometimes, but I always want her to come back. She has two babies in her belly. She’s 14 but can never have a birthday,” Ruby says in the magazine.
She. Can. Never. Have. A. Birthday. On my deathbed I’ll still have that line burned into my brain. Just no, no, no, NO, even if I wash my eyes out with bleach I’ll be haunted by that sentence for the rest of time run Ruby, RUN.
Morales quickly realized this Ghost quote may have been a more appropriate caption and people responded in kind:
Parents on Reddit have also shared similarly horrifying things their kids have said and the results are comedy gold:
This takes the whole “kids will be kids” and really kicks it up a notch, eh? I’m thinking Ruby’s parents will be sleeping with their bedroom door locked from now on.
According to Psychology Today by age seven, about 37% of children take imaginative play a step farther and create an invisible friend, which is super cute in certain situations except when they’re a 14-year-old deceased pregnant girl, possibly from Puritan times. I mean, can’t little Ruby have a friend made of unicorn parts or maybe a little kid her age that farts rainbows? Is that too much to ask for this sweet girl?
Here’s hoping the rest of the stories shared for this magazine feature were a bit more light-hearted than this.
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