When Dee returns home, she actually seems to be pleased by much of what she finds: a cow, a house quite similar to the old one (that she, apparently, hated passionately), old hand-made family artifacts, etc. This is a shock to Mama Johnson, the narrator, because of how embarrassed Dee used to be about her home and her family. Before Dee arrives, Mama says, "No doubt when Dee sees [the house] she will want to tear it down. She wrote me once that no matter where we 'choose' to live, she will manage to come see us. But she will never bring her friends." On the contrary, when Dee returns this time, she takes tons of pictures of the house, and she brings a friend, too, or a boyfriend, or a husband -- Mama is never sure. And Dee seems newy enthusiastic about the family's things, asking if she can take several items home with her so that she can do "something artistic" with them. She even wants the old family quilts, quilts that she once rejected when she went away to school. Therefore, Dee's embarrassment about her home and upbringing have given way to something like pride when she returns home in the story.