Early on in the story, Mama says:
On TV mother and child embrace and smile into each other's faces. Sometimes the mother and father weep, the child wraps them in her arms and leans across the table to tell how she would not have made it without their help. I have seen these programs. Sometimes I dream a dream in which Dee and I are suddenly brought together on a TV program of this sort.
It seems that Mama is not really used to being the object of her daughter's positive attention. She is not used to smiles and hugs from Dee. The fact that the daughter in her TV-show fantasy smiles at her parents and hugs them tightly, telling them how vital they have been to her success, makes it seem fairly clear that this is not how Dee and Mama relate to one another, despite the fact that Mama's hard work coupled with the generosity of the church apparently paid "to send...
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