The narrator and Lou, his cousin, missed the bus. Now they have to run to get to school. Then they see a painter.
I want the salad my way!
You get what you get.
As the narrator and Lou run to school, they see the neighborhood wall that everyone loves, being painted. They think it's not fair because they believe it's their wall.
The Wall Painting
Two twins offer the painter some dinner, but the painter refuses.
The painter and the narrator's mom are arguing over food. The painter wanted her salad to be perfect but the mom said she could eat it how it was.
The people see that the painter lady made a beautiful painting on the wall. Everyone was oohing and ahing at the beauty that lay before their eyes.
To the people of Taliaferro Street I dedicate this wall of respect Painted in memory of my cousin Jimmy Lyons
When the people saw the painter's art they realized she had other, and better, intentions. She was being very rude in the diner, and she seemed very distant and far from Earth. But little did the towns people know that she had gears turning in her head. The painting ladie's intentions were different than everybody realized. People's intentions may seem different than they seem.