'At the beginning of the story the kids are board. They decide to go over to Miss Lottie's. "Let's go over to Miss Lottie's, says Joey. After they go to Miss Lottie's they say Lizabeth is scared bu she responds, "Y'all children get the stones; I'll show you how to use 'em." After this they trow the stones at the marigolds showing their childish features.
It was at her house when she heard her parents talking about how bad there lives were and she wondered and questioned her own thoughts and feelings. "Long after the sobbing and humming stopped, I lay on my palette, still as stone with my hands over my ears, wishing that I too could cry and be comforted." She is feeling sad and realizing that her life is bad, which is transitioning her towards adulthood.
Lizabeth is upset and storms to Miss Lottie's house and starts destroying her marigolds. After she foes it she sees Miss Lotttie and realizes what she did is wrong. "I knew in that moment, and as I look back upon it, I know that that moment marked the end of innocence. She becomes an adult by thinking about what the marigolds meant to Miss Lottie and how she ruined them