Ralph was the only grandchild that Bob saw (Ralph was
almost 2 when Bob died). When Bob was sick, he stayed on
the couch in the living room and whenever Ralph came in,
he would not go near him. Bob told me to get him some
candies when I went into town. He put the candies under
his pillow and the next time that Ralph was there he
held out the candies and Ralph went to him right away.
After that, every time Ralph came to visit, he would go
straight to his Grandpa for a candy.
A few years later, I was going to town and Ralph came
down with a nickel and wanted me to bring him back some
caps for his cap gun. He also said not to forget the
change. The caps were more than 5 cents, but I couldnít
give him back the same nickel, so I gave him 5 pennies
and he was happy with that.
When Sean was born, I went down to Kingston for the
weekend to help Lorraine, after she came home from the
hospital. When it was time to leave, I jokingly asked
Shelly if she wanted to come home with me. She said,
"Yes." So then I had a hard time trying to convince her
that she could not go with me. When she went in the
house to get her dolly, I left. I cried halfway home
because as I left, I saw her crying on the front porch.
I learned not to say something like that again to a
When I lived on Bonnechere street in Renfrew,
Lorraine would bring her children so she could do her
shopping. I did not know what to do with them, so I told
Shelly, (6 or 7 years old) if she did some dusting, I
would give her twenty-five cents. After that, every time
she came to visit, she would want to dust for another
When I was living in Renfrew, Lorraine and Tina came
to visit. Tina was only small, around 3 years old. She
was very quiet so we went to see where she was. She had
taken my nitro from the top of the dresser in front of
my bed. She was sitting on the floor with it and we
could see some on her lips, so we knew she had swallowed
some. Lorraine called her doctor who asked, "Where the
hell did she get that?" He said to keep her awake and
walking. Lorraine walked her for half an hour, and then
I walked her for half an hour. We kept that up for a
couple of hours, and then she was fine.
When Bev was little and staying with me, she said,
"No, I canít have dessert as I did not finish my
dinner." We put the plate in the fridge until we had
done the dishes, then she got it back out, ate her
dinner, and said, "Now I can have my dessert." One time
I had given her something (a treat) and then Ben did
too, and she said, "Ben, youíre spoiling me." Another
time, we were outside and Bev sprayed me with the water
hose. Don just stood back and laughed.
Bev and Tina
At one time Keith and Don had leant me money for a
car. Because I put names under everything at that time,
Bev asked, "Whose name is on that car?" I said, "Itís
underneath, so youíll have to crawl under and look." She
never said anything after that.