Lies, Suicides, Fake Girlfriends: When Your Name is Mud

by Chris Plumb (guest blogger)

Don’t fret, Manti Te’o, I, too, once had an imaginary girlfriend, so I know what you’re going through.  I mean, it was 5th grade, and a cool kid said I was a prude who couldn’t get a girlfriend, so I made up her name. “Krista, and she goes to my church,” I said. Thankfully, nobody at my school went to my church so Krista remained my white lie.

I didn’t get anything out of having an imaginary girlfriend. I started to write a note to myself from her, but nobody ever inquired about her ever again. 5th grade was like that. Kids were always moving on to the next big thing, like whether turkey gravy hot lunch was on the menu that day, or Rebook Pump shoes, or whatever new Gary Paulsen book was on the Scholastic flyer that month. So Krista died a natural death and was forgotten (until now).                     Read More: Lies, Suicides, Fake Girlfriends: When Your Name is Mud

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