CSN Login
Members Online: 10

Welcome to Hogwarts~ A Primer for the New Ones not finding much emotional support at work and with "friends"!

CypressCynthia's picture
CypressCynthia
Posts: 4015
Joined: Oct 2009

These lovely, welcoming words were written by the late Chenheart.  No one ever said it better! I know she would want me to bump this up for our newbies:

 

So many new ones have joined our family of Kindred Spirits lately~we sigh that you have had to find us, but of course welcome you with open ♥

You may have noticed, or even posted about the fact that many of our friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors just don't "get it" and make what seem to be ( and sometimes ARE!) insensitive, rude, and dismissive comments about us and how we look, etc.

You don't know me well, but if you hang around the boards long enough,you will notice 2 things about me~I "steal" quotes that I like and apply them to our lives regularly, and I also liken our lives to books/movies! Who knew we would be Stars?! :-) And today, we are friends and schoolmates with no less than Harry Potter and Hermione and the entire gang!

So~ welcome to CSN, also known as Hogwarts~ the boarding school for witches and wizards! Like you, we were truly surprised when we realized that we would be leaving the lives we had known to enter a place so strange and unknown to us. Upon arriving, we were shocked to see how many witches and wizards already live here~ we thought it would be a tiny place, and that we would be isolated and alone. But No! Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, along with a host of professors surrounded us. Though it was frightening being the new one, we looked to the upperclassmen, those graduating, wondering if we would ever survive the curriculum.

Eventually, we settled in, and made good friends with other witches and wizards! Turns out, it's alot like any old school, after all! We know who the smart ones are, the social butterflies, the competitive one, the shy ones, the troubled ones, etc. We come into "home room", say hello to everyone, and hang out with our friends!

Our aforementioned families/friends/coworkers who don't "get it" are, of course, The Muggles. It isn't their fault~they are not part of the Hogwart student body and they really don't know quite how to relate to us. They look at us through different eyes, they are a bit afraid of us, puzzled by changes they see in us, and they want us back the way we were BEFORE we were tapped by the faculty at Hogwarts. Some of our Muggle family members are proud of the achievements we make, and they don't mind meeting our classmates. But some...well, they distance themselves and can't bring themselves to stay connected . It is discouraging...

So, take your seat here at Hogwarts! Know that those here with you are very much like you in ways you never imagined. You are indeed different, but that doesn't make you any less valuable. Educate yourself while you are here,and join in with the extra-curricular activities ! We exchange holiday ornaments, we celebrate birthdays, we visit each other, and most of all, we communicate and connect in important, life-long ways.

Oh, and feel free to borrow the notes and books you find here~ we are all willing to share what we learned in the previous semesters!! Asking questions and copying is actually encouraged!

Hugs,
Chen♥

debi.18's picture
debi.18
Posts: 850
Joined: Jun 2011

I've always loved this post by Chen.  Sure do miss her!

 

 

Hugs~
Debi

KathiM's picture
KathiM
Posts: 7913
Joined: Aug 2005

Thank you, dearheart, for the memories!

 

Hugs, kathi

Christmas Girl's picture
Christmas Girl
Posts: 3659
Joined: Apr 2009

And can hardly believe it's now almost a year since her passing.

(deep, sad sigh...)

Forever held close within our hearts.

CypressCynthia's picture
CypressCynthia
Posts: 4015
Joined: Oct 2009

Bumping up. 

CypressCynthia's picture
CypressCynthia
Posts: 4015
Joined: Oct 2009

Bumping up 

afterall644
Posts: 6
Joined: Jul 2014

This is so well written.... puts things in perspective....

I would have loved to have met you Chen.

CypressCynthia's picture
CypressCynthia
Posts: 4015
Joined: Oct 2009

One of Chen's classic saying was, We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do." I have lived that for 27 years -  still fighting, but still here! 

CypressCynthia's picture
CypressCynthia
Posts: 4015
Joined: Oct 2009

Bumping up for newbies

debi.18's picture
debi.18
Posts: 850
Joined: Jun 2011

Bumping up again for newbies. 

 

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network