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September 23, 2010
Full moon of the Autumnal Equinox. A row of 4 students sat waiting to see her when the bell signaled the beginning of first period. None of them had appointments. She recognized two sophomores she’d counseled last year, both of whom she’d expected to see before long. Here they were, neither knowing the others story, and both genuinely needing her emotional support.

One at a time she saw them, winnowed out their chief concerns, and suggested possible solutions. By day’s end, there was a positive resolution for all but one of the concerns. It would have to wait until tomorrow.