"Years later, whenever Dad recalled that tradition, his eyes sparkled reliving the memory. My mother not so much. She always said she suspected the chocolates had been pre-sucked; they tasted cheap and old. You canít blame the woman. Even as a child, she had a discriminating palette."
Could it be "palate" instead of "palette"?
2. "But the paper sacks did not have a context for our children. We had apples and oranges at home. Our children had never known fruit to be a scarcity, just as they had never known bare-bone want, or bread-and-butter sandwiches."
What does "bare-bone want" mean?
1) this is a spelling error.
palette = (a) a board on which an artist mixes colours, or (b) a range of colours.
palate = in this context, a person's sense/appreciation of taste and flavour.
Clearly "palate" was intended.
2) to be "down to the bare bones" means to have almost nothing left. I haven't come across this specific phrase before but I'm sure "bare-bone want" means acute poverty or need.
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