Lizabeth's father was brought to tears because he was not successful at another job hunt. He had been looking for a while and still didn't have a job. He was very frustrated so he started to cry. Lizabeth was very upset at the world and got up in the middle of the night and left.
Lizabeth was very angry with her parents and she stormed out of the house with her brother in the middle of the night. She ran to Ms. Lottie's house and destroyed all of Ms. Lottie's marigolds and her spirit.
As soon as Lizabeth destroyed the marigolds she saw Ms. Lottie standing right in front of her house with the saddest look she had ever seen anyone have. She knew she messed up as soon as she saw Ms. Lottie and felt horrible. That is where she turns into an adult.