Today, in Innisfail, the schools reopened after the devastation of Cyclone Larry.

Welcoming the students back (and having no doubt recently been briefed by trauma counselors) Principal Julie Pozzoli’s was prepared to bend the rules, but only so far…

“Basically we’re expecting the first part of today you people will sit around with your friends, your classmates and just basically talk. We know that talking’s part of the healing process, talking is not while I’m speaking, thank you, gentlemen.”

I smiled, thinking that if I was one of her students I would know things weren’t all that scary, homework would be set and life was almost back to normal.

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3 Responses to “Homeostasis”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    And if the teacher herself guided and engaged in the talking — all the better.

  2. weez Says:

    Beats simply sending in the Social Workers wholesale with boxes of tissues.

    Sometimes acting as if everything is OK goes a fair ways to making it so.

  3. Jennifer Says:

    We are emotional beings and unconsciously read the emotions and judgements of others — yes. That is why skydiving with a bunch of icy cool jumpmasters is so damned easy!

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