Compassion. Culture. Kindness. A paternal figure may play an important role.
My wife is away visiting her father. Certainly, following the recent death of her mother, an important figure.
And it is good that she has gone, for both her and his sake. The finality of absence is starting to seep into her consciousness, and it is not a reassuring thought at all.
Meanwhile, back on Cowbird one of the youthful agitators has returned to provoke with his customary brashness. I find it amusing personally to witness, laid out before me, that sweeping incomprehension of the deeper meaning of living that most of us exhibited in our own youths. It's a cliché to say it, but when it comes to life, there is no substitute at all for living it.