Me: Do you know what I think one of the hardest parts of growing up is?
Me: When you're a kid, you have this entirely skewed images of the adults in your life. They all seem relatively happy, like they've got it all figured out. Then you grow up and you get to know them as people; instead of gods, monsters or authority figures. You see how flawed they are and come to realize nobody has ever really had it figured out. You see marriages you thought were solid end up being bitter charades. It's a tough thing to accept at first.
But when you do, you can also see the reasons for their actions. This helps you see them for the wonderful people they are, the sacrifices they made for you.
Then the mistakes don't seem so bad.
Her: If we only knew then what we know now! Acceptance is hard but it's the only way to be happy
Me: But if we had that knowledge then, we would have never been able to be children. Because in order to learn them, you have to lose your innocence.