Peeplewig, I should explain, is one of Kayleigh's imaginary friends. And when I say 'imaginary' I mean that only she can see him, so perhaps I should use the word 'invisible' instead because when Peeplewig is in the room, Peeplewig is VERY real.
Peeplewig (and I know this is the correct spelling of his name because when I inadvertently went all 'teacher-of-English' on the spelling and assumed it was 'People Wig' I was severely admonished, not by Kayleigh I hasten to add, but by Peeplewig himself) is one of a gang of invisible friends collectively known by Kayleigh as 'my guys.' They always travel with us on car journeys, and are quite small because when we went to Port Lympne Zoo they were all piled in the back with Kayleigh, along with an elephant and a giraffe, and given we were travelling in a modest family salon, this was a most impressive feat.
Peeplewig was at dinner with us yesterday evening, sitting on the table as we ate sausages, cheesy baked potatoes, baked beans and salad. He perked up enormously at the sight of the apple streudel pudding, so from this I can assume he has a sweet tooth. He also had a bit of a run-in with Grandpa Andy, but for that story you will have to read the appropriate blog post as written by Andy, because I would not wish to blemish the truth of what happened because I am a vegetarian.
I have been thinking a lot about Peeplewig today. I think he could be, nay has been, quite an adventurous chap. I may have to dig around for some of his stories.
I never had an invisible friend. I used to go on long walks around the country lanes where I lived as a child, and sometimes I would talk to myself as I went and sometimes I would take my Gran's poodle, Ringo, and talk to him instead. He would tell me many a tale about his exploits as the original drummer with The Beatles. I am not wholly sure they were true tales but he never deceived me in any other aspect of his friendship, so I have no real reason to disbelieve the reality of his 1960s pop career.
But never did I have an invisible friend. I am a little jealous of Kayleigh and her funny friend, Peeplewig.
Did you have an invisible friend?