Hi everyone, It is past 2 AM, but I'm up, cause I can't sleep after what my son said today. Just a note -- I've read both Carol's books years ago (before he was born) and I thought I was prepared, but I am lost and agitated. I don't know if there is a "next" step to this. Anyways, my son is now three and a half. Today we were driving home when he saddenly started stating that he saw something or knows this restaurant where he wants to go to eat. He said there is a restaurant with sign that has a picture of "A word we couldn't make out" on it. My son often goes out with uncles and grandparents. So I wanted to figure out what he wants, so we can maybe go there. And trying to figure out what restaurant it was, I asked, did you go there with uncle (name)? Or with mama? He said "no". He went there before. Before he went to different school (? he only ever went to one school). I asked, "when you were little?". He said something like "before". I asked how big where you (my son has a good sense that his baby brother is small, and he used to be small, so I was trying to figure out whether he's talking a week or a month ago). He said "I was big like papa". My husband and I just chocked. I asked him, what did you do there? (as in play, being naughty, what did you eat, etc...) He said he was cooking. He was putting pot on fire and making black french fries. He was adamant that he made french fries, but not yellow, cause not potatoes. Something about sticks. And then washed pots. He was behaving oddly. Sometimes he'd sit back relaxed, and then he'd just start saying things like he was so sure. He said all customers were bad. They were masks. Black masks and red clothes. They wore them inside restaurant. All the time. (I specifically asked if it was halloween or holiday, but he adamantly said "no", all the time when they came to restaurant). And the customers were hitting each other. All the time hitting. He was talking a lot about masks. There was mask of monster on the ceiling. He kept saying odd things about ceiling. either mask or monster on it, but he didn't waver about it. At one point he suddenly started saying how he was cooking in the pot, and then putting on fire, and dropped everything, and then looked up and saw the mask on ceiling, and it went "boom" "boom", but he is ok. He also said a "Gala man" (?) came in and told everyone to leave, and when they didn't he pulled his stick and (at this he started making "boom" and those kind of noises and saying that something on ceiling (?) exploded. I would've written this off to imagination, but when he mentioned this Gala Man, he suddenly started talking in a seriously creapy low voice. "Get out of my restaurant! Get out of here... If you... etc..." I couldn't even make it out, but he was suddenly strangely focused and talking fast something in the low hissy voice. It was like he was imitating someone, but he was so "inside it". I couldn't even make out all he was saying. But my son does not talk like that. The flow was cohesive and sentenses structured without any usual "eh..." that he has. I literally shivered. He said other odd things. (And he was very angry we were not taking him there.) There were some strange details about how he cooked. But it also how he said it. He grabbed a box from the car door (he never uses examples) and started quickly saying that there is this big box, and fire inside, and he puts something there, and pushes button and fire pops up. (I cook on all electric appliances. He might have seen something on TV on homecooking channel, but it didn't sound like regular fire stove I know of). I don't know what to do next. He has strong fear of masks. In fact, he has a whole set of fears and quirks. Will talking about it scare him more? Any ideas? Any ideas about what kind of people would wear red clothes and black masks in a "restaurant", and be always hitting? (Fighting? my son doesn't know the word "Fighting". Maybe that's what he ment). And why did he suddenly bring it up and want to go there?