The mother’s memory is triggered by the sight of a quilt that Dee made. The mother recalls when Dee was born and she first held her. The mother also remembers when Dee was a child, as well as when Dee went to college.
The mother recalls when Dee got married. The story begins with the mother thinking about Dee’s wedding dress, which she brought back to her house to use as a rag. She remembers how beautiful Dee looked in it and how proud they were of her. She also remembers how proud she was when Dee had her first child, because she was the one who taught her how to be a good mother. The mother is able to remember these events because they are important moments in Dee’s life that she wants to remember for herself and for her family.
The mother does not recall any other important events in Dee’s life because she does not see them as being important enough to remember. For example, when Dee came home from college with a broken ankle and stayed with them for three months while recovering from surgery, the mother did not think about this event until much later in life when she began thinking about all of the things that happened throughout their lives together as sisters.
The mother recalls when Dee got a job at the bank as an assistant cashier and worked there until she was fired because she was pregnant with her second child.