It’s after lunch and the kids are playing in the rec room. Washing the dishes, I analyze the snippets of conversation that I can overhear. I am certain the children are using the dress-up clothes and the Tae Kwon Do paddle in their latest game of “Make-Believe.” I consider intervening.

“I’m takin’ a bwake,” calls Henry, climbing upstairs. “But, whath your name again, ma’am?”

He runs into the kitchen wearing a police helmet and SWAT vest.

“I’m hungwy,” he says.

I guess the hostages can wait. Henry wants a donut.

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