In the beginning of the story, Lizabeth is stuck between growing up and staying a child. After hearing her parents argument, she runs out to go find comfort in a child-like way: destroying the oddly misplaced marigolds of the local ¨witch woman¨, Miss Lottie.
However, when Miss Lottie comes out of the house with a broken look on her face, Lizabeth realizes too late that she has destroyed the inly thing that gave Miss Lottie comfort in the world. It gave her joy and hope, and Lizabeth is struck with sadness and regret, for she cannot undo what has already been done.
As Lizabeth gorws old and matures, she leaves her childish wasy behind and starts to understand concepts like hope and innocence more. She is no longer the silly and wild girl she once was. And she too plants marigolds.