The Bean Trees

What is the context of this quote?

"`Whatever you want the most, it's going to be the worst thing for you.'"4(Chapter 4: page 62)

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Lou Ann stops at a vegetable stand to buy tomatoes and begins speaking with Bobby Bingo, a vendor at the market. She laments her husband leaving and Bobby laments his son not connecting with him anymore. His advice, the above quote, works for Lou Ann because the things she longs for never work out as expected.