I'm almost positive we've turned a huge corner at school/work.
First day was yesterday and our new head honcho was appropriately (not too much, not too little) amazed and appreciative of the super smooth and problem-free first day of school that occurs when your building is comprised of mostly veteran (and caring) teachers.
I'm really thinking now that the first impression was a mis-read. I think now that he answered questions with questions because 1)he didn't know the answer 2) he didn't want to admit he didn't know the answer. Most of the questions we ask aren't really questions we need an answer for, just things we're trying to find out his particular take on so that we are conscientious and don't inadvertantly do something he won't be pleased with. He seems to be getting better about just asking us what to do instead of feeling like he's supposed to have all the answers. I really think it all boils down to trust....which takes some time to build.
So many things boil down to that one thing in life, don't they? Trust.
Hurting people or people in any phase of healing from big hurts have difficulties with trust....God designed us that way, it seems. Food for thought, that is. (how yoda of me)