The little boy Charlie is in bed because he is sick. Carol and Grace both see a doctor's bag at the bottom of the bed. Darrell notices on the nightstand some cookies and milk. However, Carol thinks it is a glass with medicine, not milk.
Darrell says Charlie is at his grandmother's house in bed. The house is old with high ceilings, and the bed looks old-fashioned, too. Other people who are in the house are Charlie's parents and grandparents, the doctor, and some siblings. They are downstairs--including Charlie's two brothers and a sister. Their names are Jim and Ralphie, and Carol, the same as the names of three of our storytellers! Ralphie and Jim are great friends, and Carol is a friend, too.
Some think Charlie is looking happy, but one thinks he's 'bummed out' because he's sick. Grace says he wants to sleep because he ate the wrong kind of cookie that's made him feel worse.
Toys around Charlie are a boat on the bed, a box in which he keeps his Matchbox cars and trucks, a stuffed puppy toy on the nightstand, and a cotton-ball sheep picture on the wall. Charlie probably has a pet dog which Darrell is sure he misses; it's name is Milkweed.
Grace still insists that Charlie looks miserable, maybe with the measles, so he's going to rest and go to sleep. His mom will turn out the little lamp with a stem that looks like a cat with a long tail and give him his stuffed puppy to sleep better.
Note: To close this story, we sang "Brahm's Lullaby" to Charlie, accompanied by Jewel's recorded version. We had printed song lyrics and sang this chorus and other verses: "Lullaby
And good night
You are mother's delight
I'll protect you from harm
And you'll wake in my arms ...." Maybe it was the lullaby that made Charlie start to smile, so that's what we named the story. Then the storytellers went off to supper as it was 5 p.m.