So Gideon has two imaginary friends, Dr. Doom and Spooky Batman. He insists that he can see them and they are real and they often carry on lengthy conversations with Gideon, especially in the car. Batman got his Spooky descriptor because he is able disappear at will and then jumps out and scares Gideon (sometimes good, other times bad). And Dr. Doom appears to be nicer than Batman and pretty great for a "bad guy".
These two characters have brought both Gideon and I much enjoyment over the past few weeks. One day a few weeks ago Spooky Batman was riding in the back seat with Gideon as we drove to GG's house to swim. Turns out Batman has a rainbow swimsuit with rainbow water wings, AND two mommies. When we got home that afternoon for naptime I asked if Spooky Batman was ready for nap too and Gideon said no, he was in the batmobile but the batmobile was stuck in traffic. I guess famous people really are just like us.
Last week there was a late night storm with lots of loud thunder. I went and checked on Gideon and was shocked that he slept through it. The next day he surprised us by saying he was not asleep during the storm but awake for the whole thing because Dr. Doom came out of the thunder, walked into our house, and went to Gideon's door, then it thundered again and he left. He and I talked about how this was probably a dream because Gideon was in his room and unable to see what was happening outside. Gideon said this was a bad dream but only because Dr. Doom did not give Gideon a hug. In fact, he was so disturbed by the lack of hugging that he has told several people since about how much he wants to find Dr. Doom and ask for a hug. Today during naptime it suddenly started to storm outside. I didn't recall any mention of rain on the weather this morning and a quick check of the internet said that this was a totally freak occurrence. I heard Gideon upstairs talking and went to check on him in case the thunder was scaring him. Turns out Dr. Doom, having finally had some thunder to ride, was back. I told him that I had just been downstairs and did not see the Dr. but Gideon insisted (pointing to his doorway (so creepy)) that he was there waiting for Gideon. I told him to ask Dr. Doom to come to the bed:
Gideon: Come here Dr. Doom.
Me: Tell him he owes you a hug.
G: I am already hugging him! (makes snuggly hugging sounds)
M: Alright, now tell Dr. Doom it is naptime and he needs to go.
G: Dr. Doom it is naptime. Mommy, he not going to leave.
M: Alright tell him has has to lay on the floor and read books so you can get some rest.
G: Dr. Doom you lay on the floor and read my superhero books.
M (giving Gideon a hug and then walking out of the room): Goodnight Gideon! Dr. Doom, you don't keep Gideon awake
G (as Dr. Doom) : Okay.
Of course the imaginary friends are not all fun and games. There has been a lot of controversy lately around The Hulk, Bruce Banner, and some sort of relationship they have forged with ghosts. And while I love that Gideon has a vivid imagination, sometimes it seems to keep him from getting all of the sleep he needs. Case in point, apparently he and Batman spent an entire evening fighting crime in Villainville not long ago, I know this because we could hear it downstairs.
Anyone else have any experience with imaginary friends?