"Let me hold you. Petra heard the young man Alejo whisper to her daughter. She finally sat up and punched her fists through a T-shirt, through her sweater sleeves." (118).
Estrella dug and scooped and clawed the muddy soil around the tire until the hole was deep enough to pave with rocks." (129).
"Petra did not like all this jotting and poking the nurse was doing. She has smelled the carnations even before the nurse appeared and the smell repulsed her and she fought against upchucking right there into the shinny trash barrel." (141).
"Estrella emerged from the glass doors of the hospital not knowing quite what to do with the emptiness in her hands." (155).
"Some of the birds began descending, cautiously at first, then in groups, and finally a few swallows flapped to their nests not fair from where she stood." (176).
"Her reflexes were no longer fast enough to catch a falling statue; she could almost see the head splitting away from the body before it even hit the wood planks on the floor." (167). The is a representation of how strong her beliefs are. When everything in their life is okay, Petra seemed to have strong beliefs, but when everything of hard and stressful, her belief faded away easily, just like how she gave up on the statue holding together before hitting the floor.