Derricks mother told him that the streets of Providence were a dead end, a graveyard for has beens. She told him that the flashing lights would slowly dim, and become dark, and that the joy would fade, and be replaced with pain. She tried to guide him in the right direction, but they never agreed upon much. Having nothing, but a lifeless white rose to remember her day of rest he wish she was present to share one last thought of wisdom.
Now seeing fate unfold he began to realize how wise his mother was. Far from the nieve lady everybody in the projects perceived her as. He heard plenty of lies before, and he also heard people speak the truth, but none were truer than the words from his mother.