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Endings and beginnings

Jonathan Cruz walks past piles of waterlogged home goods as residents in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston begin to recover from Tropical Storm Harvey's catastrophic floods Aug. 31. The Buffalo Bayou, which courses through the nation's fourth largest city, surged past record numbers and flooded thousands of homes in Houston. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald See stories slugged HARVEY-

So, the vacation is over for school goers, teachers, pupils and students alike. For those already in the system and those entering for the first time, it is a new beginning. New form, new class, infants coming from nursery school, it is a new beginning. With new beginnings come challenges. There is doubt, anxiety and fear for some, while for others it’s a continuation of where they left off.

I remember while still teaching, I used to look forward to this September term when the ‘babies’ were entering the school for the first time. While some clung to mummy or daddy, there were those who approached the whole situation as though they had been there already. There would be screams from the little ones begging not to be left, and tears from both parents and children. This is really an emotional time, which requires understanding, compassion and consideration.

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