In "The Flowers" by Alice Walker, why was that an important day for Myop to "make her own path?"

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In this story, Myop is 10 years old, which is an age right on the cusp of adulthood, but still firmly standing in the world of childhood.  She is carefree, life is good, she feels safe, protected and confident in the world around her.  As she forges into the forest, that confidence shows in Walker's statement that she needed to "make her own path."  Myop feels in control of her destiny; she is self-assured and excited to be on her own.  That is important because it is this day that she will realize just how dangerous being on her own can be.  For her,...

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