As of right now, I’m struggling with Episode 2 of my serial novel “The Teen Rebels”.
In that episode, Josie fights for her cousin Trixie’s rights to exist in the first part of the episode, yet she almost makes a serious mistake by agree with Seth to torment a classmate who still has imaginary friends.
Which brings us to the next issue: imaginary friends.
As shocking as this is, an imaginary friend is part of childhood. These days, however, kids aren’t too much into imaginary friends, but that’s for another post.
Anyway, the character in question (a girl named Jacey Mayford) is still talking to her imaginary friends, even though she’s 13 years old and in the eighth grade. Seth Burke wants to terrorize Jacey becuse she threatened to expose Trixie to the school and she was still talking to her imaginary friends. The others agree and decide that Jacey needs to lose her imaginary friends immediately. They plan to meet at her house on Fort Ord to scare her into giving up her imaginary friends.
But Josie has a moment of consciousness when she realizes that Jacey was lonely and needed friends. She recalls when Jacey’s family moved to Fort Ord and no one at Montagne Beach Elementary School wanted to be her friend. A concerned teacher pushes Josie to befriend the poor girl, which she does with complete reluctance. Jacey was revealed to have Asperger’s, which severely hampered her ability to form friendships with the other kids. Josie appeared to be the only person willing to be nice to Jacey despite her reservations about being friends with a “retarded” girl.
When she realizes that she is going to hurt the only person who trusted her, Josie backs out. She convinces Trixie and Moira that they should be helping Jacey deal with her disability instead of hurting her because of it. They agree and decide to help Jacey. But Seth goes through with his plan and by the time the girls manage to reach Jacey, she is thoroughly traumatized and feels worthless. Josie reminds her that they had been friends once and just because she’s different doesn’t mean that she can’t have friends. She must learn to give up having imaginary friends and overcome her crippling shyness.
How the girls deal with Seth is a completely different story.
Anyway, having an imaginary friend may be good for when you are a kid, but if your imaginary friend insists on stay with you even until adulthood, some drastic action needs to be taken. Moira claims that her mother had punished her so severely for refusing to give up her imaginary friends that she doesn’t speak to anyone, and Trixie had only her imaginary friends to keep her company. Seth claimed that he was bullied out of his imaginary friends while Josie claimed that she didn’t have any imaginary friends at all.
By the way, I’ll be posting a short essay expanding this issue when it comes time to make my notes about this episode.
And yes, you’re welcome to buy my book Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever on Amazon.com.
- 11 Creepiest Imaginary Friends Kids Have Had (angryid.wordpress.com)
- imaginary friends aka novel characters (jazzlightning.wordpress.com)
- Imaginary Friends (blogs.gocomics.com)
- imaginary friends (halibedragons.wordpress.com)
- Should Kids Have Imaginary Friends? (jonnegroni.com)