The seasons come and go. Our place is to let come what's coming and to let go what's going, without attachment or affiliation. Without preference or partnership. No expectation. No agenda. No plans. No opinion. Or, better, perhaps, to love each one for what it is, as one might love their children, without thinking that one is better than another or favoring one over another. But honoring all for what they bring forth in their life, in all of life as a grace and a wonder upon all who come their way. And if they are not a grace and a wonder? What then? Then meet their deficit with compensation for their inability to be compassionate and kind by extending compassion and kindness to them beyond their due, and drawing lines on their behavior and demeanor in ways appropriate to the occasion. There are mental and emotional illnesses and symptoms, just as there are physical illnesses and symptoms. All are to be recognized for what they are and treated accordingly. We will do well to recognize the need we are dealing with and respond to the need as best we can. Anne Sullivan was able to do that with Helen Keller, and made all the difference. Studying the lives and methods of caregivers and adopting them as we are able in our own life and in our response to our environment will provide us with skills far beyond our natural equipment as a blessing upon all who come our way.