Every week, I post a quote or excerpt that has struck me in my reading, and I collect them in a Goodreads group called “Snippets That Inspire.” Today’s comes from The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls:

Mom didn’t like cooking much — “Why spend the afternoon making a meal that will be gone in an hour,” she’d ask us, “when in the same week or so, I can do a painting that will last forever?” — so once a week or so, she’d fix a big cast-iron vat of something like fish and rice or, usually, beans. We’d all sort through the beans together, picking out the rocks, then Mom would soak them overnight, boil them the next day with an old ham bone to give them flavor, and for that entire week, we’d have beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If the beans started going bad, we just put extra spice in them, like the Mexicans at the LBJ apartments always did.

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