In the story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, what do the benches symbolize?

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The benches are part of an array of things symbolizing the distance between Wangero (Dee) and her family. To her mother, they are symbols of the poverty her family lived through, and of the work she and Dee's father put in to get through it. To Dee, they are "artistic," like the butter churn. The objects of everyday use are transformed into show pieces for her.