This three-year-old just shared the most terrifying image of her imaginary friend.

Sarah, Tony, Jessica – they’re the names of just a few of my childhood imaginary friends. (Yes, I had more than one.) Though they had slightly varying traits, they were all generally super pleasant to be around and only ever did what I told them to do.

But for three-year-old Ruby, her imaginary friend named ‘Grateful’ seemed more like a character pulled from her nightmares.

“This is my imaginary mum, Grateful,” Ruby wrote next to the drawing of her imagined mum.

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“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,” she explained.

So, she doesn’t age, contacts Ruby at night, and frightens the toddler on occasion. We don’t mean to alarm you, but Grateful sounds an awful lot like a ghost.

The image was shared on Twitter by actress Natalie Morales as a part of a compilation she curated of children describing their fictional friends. As Natalie admitted, Ruby’s admission was the most terrifying of them all.

Apparently, these not so friendly imaginary friends aren’t completely uncommon, where the photo sparked a rather disturbing conversation that will indeed be the root of all nightmares for the next while.


Anyway, sleep well tonight everybody!