In fact, today I set him up in his own cube. He had a spread of Spider-Man comic books (or as he calls them, "MaZagines"), a couple of action figures, his Kitty (dressed in a bow-tie for work) and an orange juice. He was ready to go!
I've noticed lately that he's been mock-parenting Kitty. I now understand why therapists have kids play with some sort of stuffed toy or doll and watch then re-enact everything their parents say to them.
"Kitty, I need a little PRIVACY," he announced, and placed the stuffed tabby in a corner, far-far-away.
"I'm the boss of Kitty and you're the boss of me," he told me. I thought he was being rather Machiavellian about this, though his language was undeniably mine. In my defense, the only time I ever tell him I need "privacy" is when I'm sitting on the toilet. So hold the calls to Child Protective Services.
A half hour later or so, he went and gingerly picked up Kitty and hugged him.
"Thanks for using your patience!" he said to the cat.
That one is all me too.
"When am I turning five again?" he asked me.
"Next weekend?" he cocked his head.
"No, in three months."
"No, in about 90 tomorrows from now."
"Remember when I turned four and we had a Superman party in the clubhouse?"
"Yes," I said, surprised he'd retained the vocabulary word "clubhouse" all these months later.
"Remember when I turned three?"
"Remember when I was a baby in your tummy?"
"When do I turn five again?"
"And when do I get to the last number?"
Did my son just ask me about Death?
"Nobody knows," I say and hold my breath.
"It's a surprise?"
"Yes. You could say that."
"Okay," he said, and went back to his mazagine, unconcerned with the concept of a surprise death.
Which seems the right way to handle it.