| We are in the office at the House of
Painters. While Zofia, Stasia, Renata, and Wanda sing about childhood, Renata's
four-year-old, Gregorz, rolls a leaf into the manual typewriter and pretends
to write a letter. He has spent most of his young life playing in this building
where his mother, aunt, and grandmother paint products to sell.
||Zalipie's women painters cover their houses
inside and out with floral designs. They paint flowers on stoves, coffee
pots, plates, aprons, tablecloths, cabinets, windows, fences, chicken coops,
barns, privies, tarpaulins, and dog houses. They paint wreaths on the ceiling,
garlands on the beams, floral swags under holy pictures. They have even
painted blossoms on the town fire truck.