The Bean Trees

What is Sandi referring to in the following passage from the story?

"She's not really mine." i said "She's just somebody i got stuck with." Sandi looked at both of us, her elbow cocked on her hip and the salad tongs frozen in mid air. "Yeah, I know exaclty what you mean.' " (pg. 52)

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Sandi provides yet another example in the novel of a single mother coping with an unwanted (but not unloved) child. Like Lou Ann and Taylor (and, as the novel will show, in a more abstract sense Mattie), Sandi finds herself parenting Seattle through compromises and the sheer fortitude of necessity.