The poor little kid has something in his hand,a lamp on the side and a dog, might be a little dog. THe little fella’s in bed and looks like he’s not too good. He’s tired. That’s about it. Little girl, a boy, whoever it is, is in bed. He’s only young. His name is Ralph. She’s never heard of it. He’s got two vacant pillows beside him for someone to keep him company. Who should keep him company? I’d say this bloke here and another little boy. Ralph would like company, he feels lonely. There’s another one. I’m afraid to say I’ve got no memory of any of this. It happened in the bedroom. There’s a nice light alongside and a puppy dog. I don’t know if it is real. It’s a tiny little dog. I don’t like dogs. I was once bitten by one. His name is Pal. That’s a funny name for a dog, don’t you think? I do. What are you going to call the little boy? Ralph. That’s a big name for a little boy. His grandma is it? He’s in bed. He’s got a lamp alongside him and a dog. He’s doing alright. He falls asleep, of course he does. He should’ve been down the bottom of the bed, not on the bed. He might dream. I don’t know what he’d dream of. He’s got a lamp and a dog thing there and 3 pillows, one on each side. It looks like a thing you go to the garden in. He might’ve been out in the garden. He’s got a wheel from a car and it’s in bed with him. It’s a toy. He’s been keeping his feet on it. He’s got 3 pillows. We don’t have that many when we go to bed. We go to bed to go to sleep.
It’d be nice. Quite well. He’s got the dog with him. He’ll take him over and cuddle him and make him warm. He wouldn’t want to go to the bedroom with another child. Surely not. Someone’s got it wrong. I’d like to leave it as it is in the picture. A bed, something in his hand and nice things beside the bed. Dear little boy might get a mate to come with him, might get his little brother.
This story was created by Therese, Pat, Joan, Val, Mabel, Roma, Brenda and Monica Carinya Dementia Unit, St. Joseph’s on 10 October, 2013. Many thanks to Therese's son Pau,who stepped in at the last minute to be a scribe for us.