In some cases daughters are able to accept being fatherless. Growing up with other male figures such as stepfathers. In some mothers are the nurturing parent and the provider. The quote “When my father left my mother said, Get down on your knees and pray for spoons". Pg.12 Rita totally changed the subject when Ladydi's father left. Instead of pray for him to return she told her to pray for spoons. In my opinion Rita was saying don't worry about him I will take care of you.