Originally Posted by Wombat
I'm not sure I even understand what you mean here. I think you've misunderstood my point.
Put it this way. 9 years ago my wife, kids and I, moved across the country. (Australia)
We went from a cold climate, living inland, to living in a near sub tropical environment, less than 400 meters from the beach.
Nearly every house has palm trees in the yard, and I drive around the bay looking over the ocean on my way to and from work every day, and I never get sick of it. Just driving past the big, seaside mansions and the tropical vegetation still elicits a sense of wonderment in me. After living for over 30 years in the cold, rarely seeing the ocean, it's incredible.
But what I was getting at, is kids get this same sensation every day. Every trip is an adventure. The stuff that we, as adults take for granted, is still fantastic for kids.
Now I class myself as a "middle," between 9-12 years old when I'm in my little headspace. But it's hard to just find the simple things that can make me feel little.
I don't get into cartoons, toys, or playing, although I try to. But I'm always so self aware of how I look. I love wearing diapers when I can, but even though I try, I have trouble feeling the real sense of safety and security that I felt as a bed wetting child, who wore nappies to bed until I was eleven.
All I was referring to in regards of the kid I saw, was how much "in the moment " he was. Just enjoying the sights and sounds of an outing with his folks, and how nice it would be if I, myself, could get that same childish sense of wonder again.