@JediMaster_Jen, @AzureAngel2 and @Thumper09: Yes, the Children's Table is definitely The Best Place To Be. The conversation is always more interesting, the participation more positive, and sometimes there are even crafts! I always learn something cool there. (This is one of the big reasons why I went into Youth Services library work -- I can play games, read fun books, do crafts, dress up in costume, and I get paid for it. Best Job Ever!) Heh. Good question. From what I've found via research, most of the older Iyra aren't terribly impressed with anyone beneath their status, so I suspect it's a case of "You kids don't know how good you've got it -- when I was your age I had to WALK to school, and it was five miles uphill in a blizzard both ways every day...!" They're probably convinced that the whole galaxy is being run into the ground, so to speak. I'm hoping to actually get her hired by the University of Sanbra at some point after she finishes her doctoral degree, and possibly become a co-collaborator on The Guide to Intelligent Life. It's almost as if she planned all that.... Thank you to everyone for commenting!