I think these are little girls. It’s a wonderful picture. You should take it and keep it, so that one day when they’re bored, you can get it out from where it’s tucked away, and you can turn it around and show it to the kids around the table, and they will laugh and laugh and laugh! Partly because they can recognise the people, and they might say: “Mum, you didn’t really wear something like that, did you? You didn’t let Dad see you in that?”
One of the ladies is called Dimitra, after Maria’s mother. The lady is an aristocrat and is very clever. The ladies are exceptionally well dressed. They are very elegant. One of them has a beautiful ribbon on her head. They’re sitting on seats outside and looking out over the land.
It’s a sunny day. They may be contemplating a walk outside and going to explore. They are sisters. The lady on the right is called Marian. It’s sunny but it’s a bit cold. There is a fresh layer of snow in the foreground. In the background, Peggy can see some black dots. Win thinks they might be windows in an apartment building, and George agrees.
The big sister says to the younger sister: “It’s about time we start to get on better together. Let’s go out together. We won’t get in each other’s way, but we will be there for each other.” They’ve taken the first step by dressing the same. They’ve had their disagreements, but their mum and dad will be happy that they'll look out for each other and get out safely, but if they were going out with a boy, then they wouldn’t go out together!
Bill says if the girls are there, just leave them alone—give them time on their own. Tony wonders if we’re looking at the wrong people. He points out that there is something going on in the background, but the snow is obscuring our view.
Some of us wonder if Marian might well be a man. Well, if they go out dancing, then he’ll need to put some pants on!
This story was created by Maria, Bill, Isabel, Peggy, Tony, Winn, George, Robert and Ellen at Mary Potter House, Calvary Hospital, on 29 August 2016.