Mama and Maggie are very close. Mama is protective over Maggie because Maggie is painfully shy and does not stand up for herself. Maggie was also burned in the fire that destroyed their former house, so she is ashamed of her skin that was burned. She has both physical and emotion scars from it. Mama and Maggie depend on one another for love and support because Dee doesn't live with them. Dee's life has changed so much since she moved to "the city"; Mama and Maggie hardly recognize her anymore. As a result of this, Mama and Maggie realize that they are all each other has and they must look out for each other.