At the beginning of the story Lizabeth and Joey were throwing rocks, making Miss Lottie angry. She doesn't think anything of it and continues to tease Miss Lottie, showing that she's still very childish.
After going to sleep she hears her parents talking and her father talking about not being able to get a job and provide for the family. While hearing them argue she realizes how bad her poverty is and all her emotions suddenly come out.
She decided to go to with Joey Miss Lottie's yard where she proceeds to destroy the flowers because they were too beautiful to be planted in front of Miss Lottie's worn down house.When not knowing, Miss Lottie comes walking and Joey points her out. Lizabeth looked up from where she was and looked to see Miss Lottie's disappointed face and realizes her mistake.