An Imaginary Life

30f9a258cf6b6f21755bf1043db218e1My first home (as I remember it).

My Real Memoir

From the beginning, I was a daydreamer. Maybe because I spent so much time alone. I was clearly daydreaming in the womb, staring at some pretty placental pictures, no doubt, when the doctor announced, “He doesn’t want to come out. I’ll have to use the forceps.” He eventually managed to pry me out, but then informed parents, “Hope he’s a good’n, because you won’t have another.”

So you see, it was my fault that I never had a sibling. From the start, my BFF was my imagination. I daydreamed incessantly (and still do). I’d lie upside down on the old armchair in our Garage and visit Upsidedownland, rappelling through the roof beams and flying through the rafters! Yes, thanks to Grandpa Teemley, I could fly.

I had other magical powers, as well. My tricycle made ice cream when I churned the pedals and chanted, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Plus, I could transform my Red Flyer wagon into anything I wanted: an airplane, a boat, a locomotive.

I knew the neighbors watched in awe as I executed these amazing transformations. All except the Witch, the lady who’d had me arrested for turning myself into a Wild Indian. That happened so early on, I barely remembered it. Yet henceforth she forbade me, under threat of having me “taken away forever,” to walk on her side of the street. Result? The only time I was allowed to cross our street was when I passed the Witch’s house (Mom called her that too). In fact, my first two human friends Old Peggy and Crazy Eddie lived on TOSOTS, The Other Side of the Street (more on them later).

Unfortunately, the Witch also had powers. I found out when I was in Dreamland. Dreamland was my other favorite place to visit. I could fly even better there than in Upsidedownlandand! But one night Dreamland seemed scarier and less magical. The Hallway was ominously dark and cold. Momandad’s room was dark and cold too–and empty, so I couldn’t run and hide under the covers between them.

Suddenly, the Witch was there in the Hallway with me! Only now she was ten feet tall and all see-through-y like a ghost! I tried to fly, but her powers were greater and she stopped me! So I ran. But then I realized I was only running in place and that the Witch was getting nearer and nearer! Finally, she reached out and grabbed my shoulder with her hideous spider’s leg fingers. They were the coldest thing I’d ever felt and I knew they were going to freeze me to death! But then they passed right through me.

She couldn’t hold me!

Then, in flash, Momandad were there. They could hold me. And they’d brought the light back with them.

And so, you see…

I was never really alone.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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28 Responses to An Imaginary Life

  1. henhouselady says:

    Thank you for sharing this nice glimpse into your imaginary childhood.

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  2. Wow, I love that kid. 😊❤️
    The other night we were talking about how my side of the family is made up of a lot of crazy people. (Believe it or not, I’m probably the closest to normal…whatever “normal” is. 🙄) My thought as I read this was, “Are we related?” 🤨

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  3. Your tricycle that makes ice cream reminds me of my crazy imagination as a preschooler. I remember a friend and I rode opposite arms of the sofa like they were horses. Mine was a robotic horse that, apparently, created cookies and dispensed them from a secret compartment in its back.

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  4. catsartpics says:

    Inspiring story Mitch.
    I can totally relate to “Upsidedownland” as I was an only child as well.
    Enjoy the day!

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  5. tidalscribe says:

    Love these childhood tales – some people don’t remember much while some of us have very vivid memories. We had a witch living below us in a rented house- okay Mum didn’t call her a witch, just a wicked old lady. I was the only child for four and a half years – enough time to aquire an imagination!

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  6. Kathleen Ellerman says:

    Lovely story! Made me think of my childhood and spending time in an imaginary world alone and with my friends. In most all of our play we used our imaginations.

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  7. You post was a welcome break in the day. Very refreshing like ice cream! TY!

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  8. Krista says:

    I loved upsidedownland 🌷🙂

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  9. Thanks for sharing another great story from your past. I love the strong symbolism of marital unity in “Momandad” just the way young children, blessed to be in a solid home, said it back in the old days.

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  10. you know I love seeing you embrace your life like you do alot of us humans seem to be ashamed to share or talk about our life’s you make me proud ! thanks for taking the time to do so !

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  11. anitashope says:

    Wonderful remembrances similar to mine. We had an old witch in the grammar school library. It is our pasts that shapes our imaginations to do some wonderful things.

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  12. It’s like you’re my identical twin. Except for being a guy. Also, the doctor who told my mother she could never have more kids after me, was wrong. She eventually had six more. But I was a lonely only until I was in the second grade. Then… twins! Then another baby and another baby and soon I was more like a miniature mom than a big sister.

    But, the daydreaming stuff. The magical trike and Red Flyer wagon. Upsidedownland. Identical twins!

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  13. I love your imagination. I can relate to you. In the future, I’m going to write an imagination based story because it is my favourite topic. Thanks a lot.

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  14. This was such a fun post! I remember those wildly imaginative days of playing and daydreaming; I long for them to return. I’m still waiting for that second childhood I was promised for my dotage.

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  15. revruss1220 says:

    What an amazing and fertile imagination! And judging by today’s version of Mitch, you had the kind of loving parents who encouraged and did not squash your flights of fantasy. Thank God!

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  16. JOY journal says:

    🙂 I’m an only, too. I hear you. But, our daughters had a combined imagination that surprised me. They would engage their Barbie’s in long dialogue, adding “she said” to the end of every statement. I think we read too much.

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  17. katey26 says:

    That dream would have terrified me! I’m glad it ended well 😅

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