"Quit yo' foolishness," she said, "before I knock the living Jesus out of you!" (94)
Carver's mom is threatening her son here, but she does it by invoking Jesus. Would Jesus approve? What's the difference between these kinds of threats and the way Julian's mom forces his obedience?
A tide of darkness seemed to be sweeping her from him. "Mother!' he cried. "Darling, sweetheart, wait!" (120)
As our mom, and your mom, and probably everyone's mom since the dawn of time has said: we'll appreciate them when they're dead. Case in point.