As the days get closer to our departure for spring break and the workload goes from high, to regular again, the atmosphere here starts to settle back to normal. The days here are also getting warmer, right now I’m sitting out by the waterfront with Gabriella. Its 4:40 PM and the sun is shining on the water. Even though it’s a bit windy, if you are sitting directly in the sun its warm enough to be without a jacket. It feels like spring is actually almost here.
Tomorrow is Gillies Cabin’s last day of farm chores, and after being on it for two weeks we all really love it. There are many farm chores that you can do, there is milking the cows, brushing the horses, feeding the chickens, composting, which is basically stirring compost to make it decompose better, feeding the cows, sheep, and other animals and doing odd jobs like moving hay around. Although I didn’t get to do all of the chores I am positive that I will attend weekend farm chores so that I can get a chance to do them all. It’s an absolute party. I’m planning on doing farm chores promptly after spring break.
Although I know people are excited to be home for a few days – I know I am – there will be an element of strangeness. We will be venturing out into the real world for the first time since January. That will be weird a for a few reasons – the fact that we won’t know everyone everywhere we go, the fact that Paul’s puns will not haunt us everywhere we go, the fact that we probably wont know where our food is coming from, and if you live in a big city like me, you will probably be looked at strangely if you are wearing overalls, sorrels, and a flannel shirt. Coming back the to neck of Chewonki will be a big sigh of relief for most of us. I know I’ll miss the walks to the point and the beautiful golden sunlight. Although we are leaving only for ten days, I know I’ll definitely have withdrawal. That just how much I love it here.
-Maia Schoenfelder, New York, NY