Some of you will recall that Harry Potter used to be Rio’s closest imaginary friend. One day he disappeared on her and she was So Sad. I tried to comfort her, and we both knew there’s not much Mom can do when a boy stands you up. Even an imaginary boy.

Yesterday, Harry made a new appearance in our lives. Rio informed us around dinnertime that she and Harry are married. They have twin girls, Anna and Hannah. Harry works at the farm share, where he grows vegetables in a garden. He harvests the vegetables and brings them to Rio, who cooks them into food that they sell at market. Harry works very hard every day, and Rio gets very tired taking care of their babies while he’s at the farm. Harry loves her very much, and they are a happy family.

After telling us all this (by far the longest and most complex narrative she’s ever created), Rio took us upstairs to meet Harry, who was lying in bed in their apartment (conveniently located in the same part of the universe as her actual bedroom). She explained that Harry has to lie in bed because he injured his foot in a fire. When we arrived in the “apartment”, she imagined Harry so vividly that Serena began excitedly pointing at something invisible on the bed and chattering to Harry as if he were really there.

This morning, Rio woke up still married. All day she needed to open and close doors for Harry, who was going around on crutches while his foot healed. She asked me to slow down for him at the grocery store and served him food at lunch.

Then after lunch, she said, “Mom, I’m not going to play with Harry anymore. I only want to be with my family. I noticed that I have just been pretending Harry. And that doesn’t give me much love.”

But a few minutes ago when I told her I was writing about her and Harry, she sang this song:

“There I was, looking for a husband.
So Harry showed up, and said I want to be your husband.
So me and Harry and got married, and we had two little babies.
I love them really much, really much, really muuuuch.”

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