Homer and Edna in 1947. I think they were just this happy right up until they had me. No, really, I honestly believe that parenthood will whack you around if you're not prepared for it. And even if you are, I don't think anyone's ready for the big change it lays on you for the rest of your lives. I think it went something like this: "the world is our oyster, let's us get married, then we'll have kids. How hard can it be, we just won the Second World War?" Yeah, so it turns out The War only lasted 4 years and if that's all parenthood lasted, my parents would have won that one, too. It didn't. Neither did they.