I think as we progress through life we become less confrontational, more philosophic, and gain a greater understanding. I like to feel I have brought this into my writings.
For instance I never gave much thought to my early teachers until I started putting memories to paper, then the realization came that they made a huge contribution to life, not just to myself but hundreds of children.
I wrote a silly little story about a schoolteacher who lived right here in my adopted town of Mariposa, sent it in to a contest, and guess what? It is going to be broadcast over Public Radio. I hope she smiles down from wherever she is now.