In the third chapter of The Bird that Sang in Color, Donna challenges Vincent’s decision to accept a baking job, saying that he could do so much more. About a week later, she tastes homemade bread that he baked and marvels and “how four simple ingredients could become something so rich, complex, and wonderful.” This is a metaphor for Vincent who is simple but yet wonderfully complex.

When she sees the sketch of him baking donuts, she remembers the joy that he got from this job. “He was wearing a red shirt, a white apron, and a big, goofy closed-lip smile that made me remember how happy he was as a baker.” This is telling of her transformation as she begins to see that happiness is subjective and that, while many people might not like such a vocation as baking, her brother did. Just as it’s not society’s place to judge or condone a way of living, it is also not her right.