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What gives meaning to simple things?

Is there a song that reminds you of a particular time or place in your life? Perhaps there is a food that makes you think of a special person or holiday? Even a scent can remind you of a time, place, or person.

Symbols are people, places, or things that stand for or represent something beyond themselves. Writers often use them to convey complex ideas in a few words. For example, in the poem you are about to read, quilts and quilting represent something more significant than the object or activity.