During these quiet days, I've had time to reflect on compassion. I struggle so with my conflict with my parents and in-laws. It is so difficult for me to show deference and due respect, when I feel so bossed around and bullied. Even though it is not mean spirited, but well intentioned, I strain nonetheless. I pray every day, twice a day, for the right things to say and do. I only hope to be the best parent I can be to my own children. These days impending the birth of my youngest child brings this struggle to the forefront of my mind.