I was talking to a friend the other day about her toddler, and she was discussing how little ones enjoy what's known as Pretend Play (e.g. 'cooking' with a toy oven, 'calling someone' with a toy phone), and it got me thinking about what an interesting parallel we ABs/Littles might have with actual young ones.
Just as babies, toddlers and kids find enjoyment in pretending to act like an adult and to do things like 'cook' or play 'shopkeeper' which we think of as chores or a job, ABs/Littles do much the same thing vice versa, as, to an extend do DLs. Many of us like pretending to learn to talk, which can actually be kind of hard work and frustrating for little ones, and most ADISCers seem to love having our diapers changed, which actual littles tend to treat as a chore which interrupts the fun of their playtime!
So it got me thinking - are we essentially doing the same type of play as they are, albeit on a more intellectual and self-dependent level? Is this the same process of copying behaviours of other ages which we find exciting, but real individuals of that age might find dull or challenging? Or am I just reading too much into all this? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts!