Dad: I've been looking for jobs for so long now and I can't even provide for my family. I don't want those white folks offerings no more!
Mom: It's ok honey, it will get better I promise. Nobody's got anything nowadays it isn't just you. Don't lose hope.
Lizbeth, her bother, Joey, and some of their other friends are eyeing Miss Lottie's marigolds, ready to throw rocks and irritate her. They felt that the marigolds, being so vibrant and colorful, did not fit in with the old and drab look of the house.
Lizabeth is lying in bed as she overhears her dad talking about his unsuccessful job search. She now realizes even her dad, the one who is supposed to be strong, is breaking down in distress. She learns that life is not always going to be easy.
Out of anger and confusion, Lizbeth runs over to Miss Lottie's yard and starts to destroy the beautiful marigolds. It was at this moment she understood, that her innocence was lost. She realized she had now entered the world of adulthood.