By: Lynessa O’Connor
This week I felt staying closer to the nest, and I got the chance to sit down and talk with 6th year Ravenclaw, Essa Nazari. Essa has been like a big sister to me since I arrived at the castle my first year. It dawned on me that for someone I had spend so much time with, even though I knew some about her, I didn’t know a lot. Essa takes pride in her family and heritage, as most of us know, and her piece of home shows that through and through.
I asked Essa, if there was something special that she has brought from home with her to school. Those of us that know her quite often see her head covered in a scarf, a deep rooted tradition in her culture. When she presented to me a scarf, I knew where this was going. “The scarves are special because they represent a part of who I am, where I came from, and my people and to me it is a sign of respect for the knowledge that our professors can give us.” Essa explained to me with a smile on her face.
Essa kindly explained the meaning of the scarves to her and the special place that they held for her from home. “They remind me of home because every few months or so I will get another scarf in the mail from mum and da and I like to imagine, as I put them on in their various forms, that it is a hug from home. They all have different purposes, some are more for warmth while others are more for formal events and I try to match the scarf to my situation. Lately with the change in the weather I have been choosing ones that are more duel purpose-warmth and respect.” Come on folks, who would not want a hug from one once a month? I know I miss mum hugs!
Essa was kind enough to show what the scarves represented to her and how much influence that they hold in her life, which helps to keep her grounded and focused. “I think the scarves reveal a lot about me–mostly how I am feeling. If I am hiding in the scarf I’m normally trying to hide how I am feeling. But, if it is around my neck or lose on my head, I’m more comfortable with my situation.” Just remember Essa to cut loose a little more and be free!
Some of us have teddy bears, some of us have photos that we bring from home. Perhaps the things that we hold dear to us might have a few more threads of tradition. Thank you, Essa, for taking the time to reveal a bit about your family, their traditions, and your piece of home!