Mine was at eleven when I really wanted some comic books and candy and stole $5.00 money from my father's wallet. The comics didn't entertain and the candy didn't taste good. They both tasted like the "sin" pounded into my consciousness by the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception where I went to school. These ill-gotten gains weren't the same as having my father walk in the store with me on a Saturday afternoon and buying them and then eating it and reading them in his sun warm car with the smell of his old cigarettes and Aqua Velva baked into the upholstery. To aid you in understanding, Wikipedia defines "loss of innocence" as thus: "A "loss of innocence" is a common theme in fiction, pop culture, and realism. It is often seen as an integral part of coming of age. It is usually thought of as an experience or period in a child's life that widens their awareness of evil, pain or suffering in the world around them. Examples of this theme include the song "American Pie" and the novels To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, and Lord of the Flies."