At the beginning of the story, Lizabeth is a young girl who enjoyed spending time with her neighborhood friends. Together they all caused trouble and had childish fun. According to the text, "For some perverse reason, we children hated those marigolds." The children did not believe such pretty marigolds belonged in a place like this. Due to this fact, they began to taunt Miss. Lottie, as they did not understand the importance to these flowers. (Lines 104-105)
Soon Lizabeth begins to transition from being a child into being a teenager. It became apparent she was no longer a child anymore as her past childlike behavior turned into confusion and frustration. Due to her anger, she carried out an act of destroying the marigold. According to the text, "And there I was sitting in the flowers I ruined, crying and crying, and it was too late to undo what I had done." This quote shows she has become more mature because she understood what she did was a mistake.(Lines 339-340)
Lizabeth has now become an adult. Her behavior has shifted from angry and confused into more mature and humane. "This is the beginning of compassion and one cannot have both compassion and innocence." This shows as Lizabeth grows up, she reminisces on her childhood and regrets her childish act of destroying Miss. Lottie's marigolds. Due to her regret, she too grows marigolds.