On the final day of Spring Break, Melinda feels claustrophobic in her house, so she goes to the mall with ten bucks. She considers spending it all on fries.
On second thought, summer and bathing suits are on the horizon so maybe deep fried isn't the way to go.
Melinda goes downstairs to the fountain and encounters a throng of little kids waiting to have their faces painted.
Ivy is down there sketching the kids. She's working on her clown assignment for art class. In her drawing, all the kids have "fake-happy" (67.7) clown makeup on one half of their faces, and no makeup and a sad look on the other half.
Melinda approves of the drawing, and Ivy compliments her on the turkey bone art Melinda did after Thanksgiving. Ivy says she can't get it out of her head.
Melinda's at a loss for words so she shares her Lifesavers with Ivy.
When Ivy asks about Melinda's tree, Melinda makes a frustrated sound.
Ivy tells Melinda she's a better artist than she gives herself credit for.
Together, Melinda and Ivy draw a tree, and they both think it's the beginning of something excellent.