Within the past few weeks Aidan has introduced a couple of imaginary friends, two ghosts in fact, both named Orange Juice. I have not had any experience with imaginary friends in my working background, my siblings never had one, nor do I recall having one as a child, though I have always been fascinated with the topic.
He just brought them up in conversation one day while wondering how something happened, "Oh my friend ghosts must have moved it!" Between my husband and I, he's mentioned them enough times that we realized Orange Juice the ghosts may be hanging around for a while. Lately, if he can't find something he says it was them. I asked him the other day why I can't see them, "They are camouflaged." I haven't seen him "play" with these friends, he just talks about them and I listen.
I read an article a while back that I recall mentioning that some children create imaginary friends around times of a significant change in their life, such as the arrival of a baby, which we happen to be on the verge of. I don't know how significant this pair of friends will become, so I'd like to learn more about this type of make-believe play. I know I have the Internet at my disposal, but I'd like to know if any one has a good book or other resource they'd personally recommend on the topic?