The kids we getting bored of their game that they have created, so they annoyed Miss. Lottie in her garden, which is always fun. Each and every one of those kids wanted to destroy those flowers of hers because they felt like the marigolds were too beautiful to be in such a run down place, but no one had the guts.
Lizabeth and her little brother came home to eat dinner, but their parents were arguing the whole night about who does the most work. Their mom has a job and is getting little pay while their dad lost his job.
As Lizabeth's parents argue all night, she gets fed up with everything and lashes out her anger on those marigolds in Miss. Lottie's front yard that she has always wanted to rip out. Miss. Lottie never planted marigolds again, but Lizabeth plants them in her memory.