"Lace on tables, crystal vases traced with the ceramic hands of an artist who set out to draw time on flowers. She was learning the art of arrangements and of placement in objects meant to contain nothing but water. She sprinkled the food for plants purchased from a small sign placed in a woman's window, claiming it would hold their color and shape long past their normal expiration date. The arrangement of flowers was more complicated than she first imagined it to be. It took her hours to pick the colors, and she changed her mind a dozen times before drawing on a conclusion. At times she nearly abondoned the art and walked away from her cutting table many times."