July 2013, Duncan is four.
Driving back to my parents’ house after a visit to the Science Center, Duncan starts weeping in the back seat…
Me: “Duncan, honey, what is it? Are you okay?”
Duncan: “I’m just so sad about that mummy.”
Me: “Oh, honey, it’s okay. He died a long, long time ago.”
Duncan: “But [sob] he just looks like the kind of kid I would like to play with.”
And thus the power of the play date transcends millennia.