Mama described herself as having manly characteristics. She did not shy away from hard work when it came to taking care of her family. She took on the both roles of mother and father. Mama with the assistance of church raised money for Dee to attend college. She tells us that her hands are ‘roughly man working hands” and that “one winter I knocked a bull calf straight in the brain between the eyes with the sledge hammer and had the meat hung up to chill before the night fall” (149). Mama worked to the sweat of her brow to give her daughters the things she never had.