(Strip Number 1276, Original Publication Date, 8 April 1988)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Lizzie pointing out the pretty flower that's growing on the lawn; Gayle (who has probably been passive-aggressived by Molly into stepping back into her older sister's shadow) identifies it as a crocus.
Panel 2: Lizzie sets up the untranslatable punchline by asking why it's gots the funny name of croak-us. As she does so, we see Lawrence and Mike engaged in thesort of futile waste of time boys get up to when they don't listen to their mothers: running around playing tag.
Panel 3: Out of nowhere, Mike and Lawrence trample it underfoot because boys left to their own devices simply waste their time racing about heedlessly.
Panel 4: Since Lizzie thinks that the function of a crocus is to croak, she mutters "Oh" in misguided comprehension.
Summary: Lynn returns to this theme later this year when she has Lizzie tell Mike that he should care about flowers that she knows personally instead of racing around destroying things. Reason: she knows about the feeling in her children's limbs that makes running around feel good and yearns for its permanent abolition.