When I was a kid, I thought my parents really knew what was up. Maybe other parents didn't, but mine sure seemed like they knew what was going on and had things under control. When I became an adult, I was pretty surprised, because I realized that adults know a lot less about the world than kids think, and are mostly making things up as they go along. I am now older than both my parents were when I was born (31 and 24). I might have been ready for a kid at 31, but certainly not at 24. What I learned along the way is that both my parents are just ordinary people, a lot then like I am now. If anything I was more settled than they were at their respective ages, which is a little frightening. They had all the same kinds of fears, doubts, and issues that I do, and everybody else does also. FOCUS: What did you learn about your parents when you grew up that you would never have suspected as a kid? What humanized them for you?