Unless I've managed to completely blank the event out of my memory, I never got The Talk, i.e. that conversation with a parent (or parents, I guess sometimes?) wherein a young-but-not-so-young child is told about sex and reproduction and relationships and whatnot. And it's supposed to be embarrassing to the point of mildly traumatizing for everyone involved and is part of the ritual of Having A Kid and Being A Kid. From what I can tell, my parents figured that I was reading enough biology and anatomy books at the time that I probably understood the basic mechanics. That still leaves the relationship bits, and I really hope they didn't think I was getting that from the fiction I was reading, considering that it was probably the Pern series at the age that The Talk should have occurred. Not that it ended up mattering, since I seem to be aro/ace, or at most demi-whatever and prone to not hanging out with people enough to get over the intimacy barrier. Anyway, cultural touchstones something something something.