Marigolds

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  • "The depression that gripped the nation was no new thing to us, for all the black workers of rural Maryland had always been depressed."
  • Lizabeth's childhood was barren and dry, with just a few rivers dotting the grey landscape. However, Miss. Lottie's marigolds, brought some color into the dark times.
  • One clear day, after all the chores had been finished, Joey, Lizabeth's brother, decided they should go on an adventure to Miss. Lottie's home. So off they went, on a journey, with some other friends.
  • When the neared the old women's home they came up with a plan to destroy Miss. Lottie's marigolds with stones.
  • Lizabeth volunteered to be the first to throw a stone and then led a dance around Miss. Lottie!
  • "Old which, fell in a ditch..." the children chanted.
  • After their escapade to Miss. Lottie's house, though the child in Lizabeth was happy, the women in Lizabeth was ashamed of herself.
  • That night, Lizabeth heard her parents talking...
  • "Twenty-two years, Maybelle, twenty-two years, and I got nothing for you, nothing, nothing."
  • "Look, we ain't starving. I git paid every week..."
  • That night however, Lizabeth finally felt compassion for Miss. Lottie, "The witch was no longer a witch but only a broken old women who had dared to create beauty in the midst of ugliness.
  • Lizabeth, overwhelmed with fear, rage, and shame, ran. She ran all the way to Miss. Lottie's house where she took out her mized emotions on Miss. Lottie's marigolds. Until she saw Miss. Lottie herself standing over her...
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