They say that one of the seminal moments of becoming a grown-up is realizing the adults in your life are not gods, but imperfect and confused human beings just like you. But just as potent for a parent is the realization that your child now knows just how scared and lost you really are.
ACKERLEY: She can't get it out of her head that she's supposed to travel Mothorial.
CORT: And why not?
CORT: Why shouldn't she see the world?
ACKERLEY: Mosswood's all she knows.
CORT: You could change that.
ACKERLEY: It's not safe out there! Ava thinks she's ready to grow up, but...
ACKERLEY: She's closed off...She stopped hanging out with all of her friends. She won't tell me why...
ACKERLEY: And she gets so upset.
ACKERLEY: Like living here is the worst thing in the world.
ACKERLEY: S-She can't fix her problems by running from them!
CORT: And you can't hide from yours by shutting yourself away.
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