She was a woman with a broom or a dust-pan or a washrag or a mixing spoon in her hand. You saw her cutting piecrust in the morning, humming to it, or you saw her setting out the baked pies at noon or taking them in, cool, at dusk.
She rang porcelain cups like a Swiss bell ringer to their place. She glided through the halls as steadily as a vacuum machine, seeking, finding, and setting to rights. She made mirrors of every window, to catch the sun.
She strolled but twice through any garden, trowel in hand, and the ﬂowers raised their quivering ﬁres upon the warm air in her wake.
She slept quietly and turned no more than three times in a night, as relaxed as a White glove to which, at dawn, a brisk hand will return. Waking, she touched people like pictures, to set their frames straight.
– Ray Bradbury,
profile of a grandmother,
from Dandelion Wine, 1957