When I was younger, from when I was 4 until I was almost 6 years old, I had an imaginary friend, or what my family thought was imaginary anyway. She was there all the time, and never caused me any harm or made me do anything wrong. I don't really remember what she looked like but I do remember that she was nice to me and always made me feel safe no matter what.
I recall her being the same age as me, if not older, but I never blamed anything I did wrong at home on her because I didn't want her to leave. Which my parents did find strange as they thought usually that's what kids did, blamed things on an imaginary friend so they didn't get into trouble but that wasn't the case with me.
This I do not remember personally but my grandma told me this a few years ago when I was about 14/15 when we were having a family meal, something we did often and still do. I think it was my older cousin who brought it up since I'm the youngest in my family. They remember it but I don't. Anyway my gran told me, much to my mum's disapproval, but if my grandma thought I needed to know then my mum wouldn't object.
One day when I was at my grandma's house, we were looking through my gran's and grandad's photographs with my gran, my mum, my aunt and my 3 cousins when I picked out a photo and put it to one side. My gran said they thought it was odd but didn't mention it. I did this with several photos until my grandma asked me why I was doing that and I told them it was because Victoria was in the pictures. They thought I was just being silly until I showed it to my grandad, who was shocked because it was his mum's (my great grandma) sister who died when she was young and her name was Victoria. My mum freaked out of course, but my grandad told me she was my guardian angel and I had nothing to be afraid of. To which I replied, "I know, Grandad, and she doesn't frighten me, she watches over us all. They both do." But I would not tell them who I meant by "both" of them, and I don't remember now.
I don't ever remember seeing her after that. I might have done but I don't remember and I can't recall the last time I saw her either. But I like to think she was there to keep watch over me and my family and to keep us safe.