Lizabeth taught all the children how to throw rocks at the flowers. She, Joey, and the other children threw rocks at the marigolds to annoy Miss Lottie. Lizabeth was later ashamed after leading the malicious attack.
Lizabeth woke up in the middle of the night and over heard her parents discussing their situation. She keeps listening and her parent start arguing and he father breaks down and cries. She finds out that everything she thought about her family changed and her mother wasn't small and soft and her father not as strong.
At 4:00 am Lizabeth wakes Joey and they leave to go to Miss Lottie's house. She destroys all of the marigolds in the garden. Later she realizes that was her last act of childhood and that Miss Lottie was only trying to make something beautiful and their sad world.