In the Collins Dictionary entry for the verb detest, the following citation taken from a 2003 Ottawa Sun article is given to demonstrate that verb:
Sad sometimes what happens when kids stop being kids and grow up to become the kind of adults we simply detest.
I can’t understand the exact meaning of this sentence. Which of the following is it?
- One sometimes finds themselves sad at witnessing that children come of age so obscurely, forging their way towards the very kind of adulthood we simply detest.
- One sometimes finds themselves sad at the way children occasionally behave like the very kinds of adults we usually are inclined to detest.
Or is it neither?