In the beginning Lizbeth acts like a child. "Y'all children get the stones; I'll show you how to use 'em." "Then I lost my head entirely, mad with power of inciting such rage, and ran out of the bushes into the storm of pebbles, straight toward Miss Lottie chanting madly, '"Old witch, fell in a ditch, picked up a penny and thought she was rich!'
In the middle Lizbeth starts to transition to acting like an adult. "Suddenly I was ashamed. The child in me sulked and said it was all in fun, but the woman in me flinched at the thought of the malicious attack that I had led." "Joey and I had a particularly bitter argument after supper; his exuberance got on my nerves."
At the end Lizabeth starts to act like an adult. "For as I gazed at the immobile face with sad, weary eyes, I gazed upon a kind of reality that is hidden to childhood." "Whatever verve there was left in her, whatever was of love and beauty and joy that had not been squeezed out of life, had been there in the marigolds she had tenderly cared for."