I wrote this last night after a marathon 5 way phone conversation with Truelovepooh, Alienmom, Fred, Applebylicious, and myself. I thought long and hard about posting it, because this thread is all about Cherie, but it's because of Cherie that I wrote this, so here goes.
The Importance of Connections
With apologies to Fred, because I know how she feels about connections right now.
The Roswell fandom died a little bit last night. Cherie passed away after a terrible battle. It was her passing that got me thinking about connections. The people in this fandom are so interconnected, that a loss like this touches us all, even if we don’t yet realize it.
I can’t and won’t claim to know Cherie. I refuse to besmirch her memory by pretending that I did. Did I read any of her fics? Of course I did. They were well written, and did shed some insight into what kind of a person she was, but what really let me know what kind of a person Cherie was, was connections.
I got online tonight and checked my friend list on Live Journal, and saw a post by Michelle – Alien Mom that was so full of anguish that it made me want to cry. I called Stacie – Truelovepooh right away, and the first thing I said to her was that she’d better call Michelle and check on her. Pooh’s response was that she had Michelle on the other line. Pooh conferenced me in, and the three of us began to chant. Not about Cherie, but about everything in general. Cherie crept into the conversation, but her passing didn’t overwhelm us. Other names were mentioned as the connections deepened. Both Michelle and Pooh were concerned for other friends and didn’t want them to here the news in a PM. And so Fred joined the conversation. There was more talking, and laughing and more sadness. More names were mentioned as the connections deepened, and soon Lindsay – Applebylicious was a part of the conversation. All of us connected in many ways, but all of us brought together by one connection in particular, the passing of Cherie.
This got me thinking of other connections and how they are formed. I have a connection with Angel, and the other Orbs (Older Roswell BelieverS), one that I hope will never be broken, and again, it’s a connection to Cherie, because I know some of them have read her fics. And through Angel, I got to know Linds, and Michelle - more connections.
These connections, these bonds are so strong, and so interwoven, like the threads of a tapestry. Cherie is a thread in this tapestry. Her thread hasn’t been broken by her death, rather, it’s been tied off, but it is still an integral part of the tapestry, a thread that has many other threads connected to it.
These connections have done so many things. They saved a television program, raised money for charity, and given all of us many wonderful friends. It was a connection that started with a boy, a girl, and a silver handprint, but it will go on forever because of love.