“I can use the churn top as a centerpiece for the alcove table.” – Mama

“She thinks her sister has held life always in the palm of one hand, that ‘no’ is a word the world never learned to say to her.” – Mama

“I can ‘member Grandma Dee without the quilts.” – Maggie

“She’s dead, Mama. I couldn’t bear it no longer, being named after the people who oppress me.” – Dee

“When we are old, we will build a fire in the yard, sit and watch the flames devour our house.” – Mama

“I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon.” – Mama

“Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!” – Dee

“I want you to have them, Mama. I know they’ll be put to everyday use.” – Dee

“I can work outside all day, breaking ice to get water for washing.” – Maggie “Maggie will be nervous until after her sister goes.” – Mama

“She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.” – Dee

“She wanted nice things. A yellow organdy dress to wear to her graduation.” – Mama

“She explored the way God created her.” – Mama DERMAL FILLER QUOTES

“You must be proud, walking in those greens.” – Dee

“Dee wanted nice things, but she didn’t want her past.” – Mama

“I can remember Grandma Dee without the quilts.” – Mama

“She said they were old-fashioned, but I guess style don’t rotate.” – Maggie

“I am the way my daughter would want me to be: a hundred pounds lighter, my skin like an uncooked barley pancake.” – Mama

“Have you ever seen a lame animal, perhaps a dog run over by some reckless person rich enough to own a car?” – Mama

“When I looked at her like that, something hit me in the top of my head and ran down to the soles of my feet.” – Dee

“I can see the orbs in my sister’s eyes.” – Mama

“She washed us in a river of make-believe, burned us with a lot of knowledge we didn’t need to know.” – Mama

“Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nicer hair and a fuller figure.” – Mama

“After all, life ain’t easy.” – Mama