A couple of days ago Elijah dug back into his Duplo and started making things with it again.
One afternoon he came out of his room and introduced me to his new friend, Steve (left in the above picture). Soon afterwards, Elijah must have decided that Steve was lonely as he proceeded to introduce both of us to Hec who is, as it quickly transpired, Steve's son.
Steve and Hec have had a hard life. Their house recently burned down. That's okay though because they have a new place. Elijah tells me that we are now sharing our house with Steve and Hec and that they live in the box in his room with the other Duplo.
Most importantly, Steve and Hec have each other. Just before I took the photo above, I asked Elijah why he had joined the two of them together.
"They're holding hands, Daddy."