The Wm. Johnson General Merchandise Store, commonly called the Store, was conveniently located in the heart of the Negro area and was often the center of activities. Sister Henderson, who owned the Store, lived there with her two grandkids, Marguerite and Bailey, who were excellent helpers within the store.
Inside the Store, Marguerite helps customers get bags of flour and Bailey helps customers carry their groceries home. When Marguerite gets her measurements right she rewards herself with sweet chocolate drops. The Store has anything that you need to buy and anything not available at that time could be ordered.
One day while Marguerite was helping in the store a woman by the name of Mrs. Bertha Flowers came in. She was buying groceries and Sister Henderson told her Bailey would carry them back to her house for her but she asked for Marguerite instead. She mysteriously added that she had been wanting to talk to her.
Marguerite helps Mrs. Flowers carry her bags home. On the way, Mrs. Flowers mentions that she knows Marguerite does well in school but she doesn't talk very much. Mrs. Flowers also says she will give Marguerite some books to read but she has to read them aloud to develop more confidence when she speaks.
Mrs. Flowers invites Marguerite to have lemonade and tea cookies with her. Mrs. Flowers reads her a passage from A Tale of Two Cities and tells her the next time she comes she would have to recite a poem. She also adds that she made the cookies just for Marguerite but that she could take some home to her brother.
On her way home, Marguerite is overjoyed. She is so happy that someone respects her for just being her. Mrs. Flowers made cookies just for her and read a special passage to her. "It was enough to prove that she liked me." pg 29