In the the beginning of this story LIzabeth is very childish and does not thinkabout how her actions. This was shown in the scene under the tire swing when she deicides her and the other children should go to Miss Lottie's house.
In the middle of the story Lizabeth begins to think about her actions and how it has affected others. This shown when Lizbeth runs away from Miss Lottie's house ashamed.
At the end of the story Lizabeth realizes her actions have affected the pride and meaning of someone's lfe and her time of inocence is over. This is shown when Miss Lottie has found Lizabeth in her garden.