I never had imaginary friends as child.
Did you? If not, read this to understand: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_friend
But I read and read and read. My family lived in small communities, sparsely populated and countrified.
My psychologist friends tell me that I am fortunate: as the oldest child I was allowed to read and play, not conscripted as caregiver to my three younger sibs.… ...