Re: Children in the system?
We've got two who consider themselves to be minors - one 10 and one 16. We don't understand it fully, I'll admit that. The seemingly best explanation so far is that it's tied in with self-image: Each of us has a distinct idea of what zie is like in body, even though we don't have our own bodies and most of them are nothing like the one we're in. For them, part of this self-image is age.
Robin, the 16-year-old, feels this is entirely sufficient to explain her perception of her age. We have never observed her to behave in a way representative of teenage cognitive capabilities rather than adult cognitive capabilities. Her age seems to be purely symbolic of the experiences that did the most to shape who she is now. If she hadn't gone to sleep after our high school years and suddenly woke up into a drastically changed reality, she would probably see herself as an adult of no specific age like the majority of us.
Beka, the 10-year-old, shows adult-level cognition in most situations, but our depression manifests in her as it would in a child. Those feelings go back to before we learned what depression is like in children, so we feel there's something more than symbolism here. But all we can say about it is that it mystifies us.
"All knowledge is worth having." -Phedre no Delaunay
"Everything has a price." -Jaenelle Angelline
"I think if you try, that's being your best." -Echo