I made a false assumption once about person I thought I was in love with. I believed, or hoped, that he would want to know about my imaginary friend. I tried to gently steer him into asking more about The Tall Blue Man, determined not to get my wish through a feeling of obligation. But after numerous failed attempts to strike interest, it became heartbreakingly clear to me that my once-loved was quite simply more interested in those things that concerned himself, than this majestic creature from my imagination. The realization was crushing, and for a time that feeling consumed me so much that eventually I neglected my attention from The Tall Blue Man.
It was weeks before I noticed that The Tall Blue Man had left me – bathing in the anguish that is reserved for those stupid enough to be in love with selfish men. I was crushed for a second time – my imagination first dismissed and withered by my once-loved and then deserted by itself. I believed he had abandoned me forever, as I most likely deserved, for submitting to the nonchalance of one man and disregarding the magic that was given to me.
I should have known better. I should have known that The Tall Blue Man would not be so easily dissuaded, and that his specialty is surprise. A week after I noticed his disappearance, I saw the Tall Blue Man again – sitting patiently beside my once-loved as he watched sports TV, silently barracking for my once-loved’s team.
To this day my once-loved has never seen The Tall Blue Man, but during that week The Tall Blue Man stayed with my once-loved day and night - he went with him to work, and sat with him at home – fulfilling a presence of unobtrusive, unconditional companionship. Whilst my sense of self had been withered from my-once-loved’s nonchalance, The Tall Blue Man’s grew stronger. He did not demand acknowledgement of his existence, nor did he need it - he was already real enough to exist beyond my imagination.
I will never know why The Tall Blue Man stayed with my once-loved, or if my once-loved’s life had changed in any way from the experience. I can only hope that I can learn from the Tall Blue Man, and be strong enough to stand proud beside a person who cannot see me.