I am currently writing a critical review of the essay. I am interested in what different people feel the message or moral of the story conveys - if any - and what you feel it's purpose was.
I would say that the theme is that growing up is not always what you expect. Another theme might be that social norms may not make sense for each person. Just because everyone expects you to do something, or not to do something, does that mean it's right for you.