In the beginning of the story, Lizabeth acted like a child because she didn't understand why the marigolds were planted there. On page 218 it states that "We had to annoy her by whizzing a pebble into her flowers or by yelling a dirt words, then dancing away from he rage, reveling in our youth and mocking her age. "
In the middle of the story, Lizbeth's character begins to transform. Lizabeth woke up at 4 am. Lizabeth gets dressed and goes to wake up her brother,Joey. She runs over to Miss Lottie's yard with Joey. On page 222 it states, "I leaped furiously into the mounds of marigolds and pulled madly, trampling and pulling and destroying the perfect yellow blooms."
In the end of the story, Lizabeth realizes she is an adult. On page 223 it states, "For as I gazed upon a kind of reality that is hidden to childhood. The which was no longer a which but only a broken woman who had dared to create beauty in he midst of ugliness and sterility.''