During the Open House for accepted students I was asked an interesting question. “What has been the hardest part about coming here?” After a couple moments of silence I realized an answer was desperately needed. “I would have to say cabin life. It’s the best and the hardest part of being here.” The more I think about that answer the more I agree.
Orchard House is my temporary home. It’s not just my home, it’s 7 other girls’ home too. This can pose quite a problem with making fires (97 degrees one night), when to go to bed (ranges from 7:30pm to 12am), mess (guilty as charged) and respect for others in general. Living with so many others means that every action poses the risk of upsetting someone else’s routine.
Despite all these issues there is no other place I would rather be. My cabin mates or “sisters” as we call each other do a lot of things together. My sisters and I have dance parties. Oh so many dance parties. We wear party hats and jump around. We also do “hot exercises” which involves stoking the fire to very hot and doing a variety of jumping jacks and crunches. We make hemp bracelets while laughing till we drop. Katlyn reads us articles from magazines while talking with a Russian accent. I jump into bed with Lindie when I feel lonely and need a cuddle. We watch movies. We have quote time where we all sit around the fire and read some quotes. We roast marshmallows over our stove. We made the best, ok second best by half a point, desert during our Saturday night activity “Oreo cheesecake”. We literally roll around in the mud. Like I said, there’s no where else I would rather be.
-Audrey Boochever, Washington, DC