Describe Kim's family
dad died before she was born (have altar in home for him); lived with mom and older sister
How does Ana act on her suspicions?
runs downstairs digs up where Kim had planted to find lima beans
What is Wendell's problem?
hates job, grieving (son and wife died), doesn't like being bossed around
How does Wendell contribute to the garden?
helps start the garden; focuses on good things; starts to clean up the garden
Who does Leona plant in memory of? describe that person
her grandma; she died, out lived all her doctors
What is Gonzalo's observation about immigrants?
The older you are the younger you get when you move to the US
How does Sam spend is retirement?
welcomes everyone; smile at people that feel like they don't belong; tries to mix ethnicities
What is Virgil's father's business idea?
to grow baby lettuce and sell it to rich restaurants for a lot of money
What does Virgil witness his father doing?
lying to Mrs. Fleck about the land he is growing things on belong to relatives
What happened to Sae Young's husband? Children?
husband died (heart attack, 37 years old) didn't get a chance to have kids
Explain how a bad event affected Sae Young
guy came to her laundry place and kicked her in the head and took her money; made her too scared to leave her apartment (solitary)
What does Curtis plant? WHy?
tomatoes; they are Lateesha's favorite (she grew them with Aunt in Michigan
Explain how the discipline of working in the garden helps Curtis display his strength as a man
He stops trying to show off & realizes he truly only loves Lateesha; shows sensitivity, brains; doesn't get violent; communicating
What does Nora experience in the rain?
she goes with everyone to shelter; conversation occurs; people get concerned if other members of the garden aren't there (shows love in community)
What is Maricela at the garden?
her leader (of pregnant teen support group)made her plant to learn how to take care of something
WHo understands Maricela? What kind of advice does Maricela receive?
Leona; gives her Golden rod to make into tea and lets her know its always hard to have a kid and that it is an honor not a disgrace
What is it about nature that changes Maricela's perspective?
she realizes she is carrying life and that it's very important; learns to love her baby
What conflict is Amir able to resolve in the garden?
becomes friends with a woman he previously had an argument with in his store
What does Florence describe?
How the garden evolves through out the whole time it had began & foretells future
What is significant about the title of Seedfolks?
all the people are of different ethnicities but the garden brings them all together; means the originals (the people who began)
Gonzalo's uncle; doesn't speak English; loves to garden; from Guatemala; oldest man in his pueblo
Virgil and Maricela's teacher (3rd grade); authoritative; treats everyone like her students (the world is her classroom)
loves tomatoes; lives near garden; wanted a family (Curtis didn't); cheated on by Curtis; Older than Curtis; Curtis's ex-girlfriend
teen; kicked out be dad; lives in garden; taken care on by Curtis; watcher of the garden; homeless; black; hired to protect Curtis's tomatoes