Lizabeth and her friends decided it would be fun to destroy Miss Lottie's marigold garden. They started throwing pebbles at the flowers so the petals would fall off. Lizabeth ended up calling Miss Lottie names at the end of the prank.
Lizabeth woke up her brother in the middle of the night to take him to Miss Lottie's yard. She started to yell and scream while picking all of the marigolds. Then Miss Lottie came outside and started to look sad. Lizabeth now felt ashamed.
Lizabeth is now an adult and she is reflecting on her childhood. She is thinking back to her memories of Miss Lottie and her marigold. She now knows Miss Lottie was just an nice old woman that wanted to bring something beautiful to something not so nice looking. The marigolds is now a symbol in Lizabeth's life.