3-year-old’s bizarre description of her ‘imaginary friend’ is giving the internet nightmares

June 27, 2018 5:14 pm Last Updated: June 27, 2018 5:14 pm

A child’s mind can be a wondrous place. With their innocent imaginations, they can come up with some amazingly creative things that adults never could.

But sometimes, that imagination can be so original that it frightens adults.

Like this adorable little girl named Ruby—who, at just three years old, is either the greatest horror genre writer since Stephen King or haunted by demons.

In what seems to be a page from a children’s magazine or school publication, kids were asked to draw and describe their “make-believe pals.”

Surely they expected the answers to be cute and colorful. But Ruby’s “friend” is straight-up bone-chilling.


Everything about Ruby’s “imaginary mum Grateful” is unsettling.

“Her yellow eyelashes mean she can see in the dark—she only comes to see me at night-time,” Ruby writes.

Despite that creepy appearance, Grateful seems to have some kind of hold on the toddler: “It scares me sometimes, but I always want her to come back.”

“She has two babies in her belly,” she adds.


Probably the most cryptic part of her description is this riddle-like final line: “She’s 14, but can never have a birthday.”

What does that mean?!

The photo went viral after it was tweeted by actress Natalie Morales (Parks and RecreationSanta Clarita Diet) which has been shared over 16,000 times.

“Ruby, you have a ghost,” Morales wrote. “This is straight up terrifying.”


The internet agreed, Ruby is being haunted.


While other users recounted their own creepy child stories:

And one Twitter user even did his own artwork of Grateful:

Maybe Grateful really is imaginary, and Ruby is just a precocious child with an overactive, yet bizarre, imagination.

But when you go to sleep tonight, just remember that Grateful might still be watching you through those yellow eyelashes.