Rockstar (playing with Ninjago figures, Star Wars pieces and big rubber squid): Ok! We need weapons. Who brought the laser gun? Oh, he did. Who has the golden nunchaku? That’s Blue Ninja’s. Who brought the giant squid? <pause> No one, it’s been living here a really long time. He’s just curious and wants to see what we’re doing.
Rockstar (speaking for Jedi Knight): I’m a good guy, and I hate bad guys.
Rockstar (quietly, seriously): Yeeka. Yeeka was my main friend.
Me: So what happened to them, to him. You still see him?
Rockstar: <pause> He hasn’t come by in a long time. He’s gone to Big Boy School. He’s very busy now.
Me: Oh, like you, he started a new school. But his is on…. Mars?
Rockstar: Yeah. They’re quite busy there. They even have to learn Chainese.
(But honestly I was a little sad…. Seems he’s outgrown that phase so quickly…)
Ps: I spent most of the last few days of 2012 with killer sore throat morphing into an irritated dry cough. Ms Rockstar views my paper face mask with mild amusement and curiosity. Single-digit weather kept us mostly at home, except for brief stints for a quick meal or so Rockstar could play at the conveniently located Cyberport Funland, which turned out to be a real lifesaver…
Pps: This was our New Year’s dinner – clam sauce linguine with mushrooms, seasoned with fresh garlic and oregano – made by Kings (Rockstar doesn’t like mushrooms, so he had his with quail’s eggs, go figure)