A year 9 student recently lost his father unexpectedly. He is doing it tough. He came to see me, and after some discussion, I looked him in the eye and said, ‘ I would be lying to you if I said what happened will ever get better. It won’t. You will just get better at handling it.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Thank you for saying that. I needed to hear that.’ He was looking for a love or respect that was real, hard and true.
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