I woke up today and ran to morning gather. After an inspirational quotation was read we all headed off to our morning chores. For me, this meant weaving and spinning wool from the sheep on the farm. At 7:15, I headed down to breakfast for a delicious, varied meal. Soon it was time for farm talk where we learned all about the farming process here at Chewonki. When that was over, with less than five minutes to spare, we set out for our first classes. The morning went by surprisingly quickly, my classes filled with everything from Cuban rap songs to a sustainability tour around campus. Mouthwatering smells wafted across the dining room as we gathered around the tables. Plato read another quotation and we learned that we were eating farm meat for lunch that day. We began to clean a little later, barely able to stand our stomachs so full. We move quickly, work program is starting soon. We all break off into our different groups; in the next two hours everything from cleaning the dining room, to cooking tonight’s dinner, to clearing the trails will get done. I amble into the woods, happy to be able to take advantage of the uncharacteristically early spring weather. When that is finished we have school meeting; today we are discussing gender roles. Finally, we have dinner, we are all ravenous despite the huge lunch we had just hours earlier. We eat leisurely, but soon it is time for study hours. We are particularly studious this evening, studying for both a math and science test the next day. When we finally returned to our cabins we were exhausted. We sat by the fire discussing the various occurrences of our day and waited to be checked in. When we finally crawl into bed sleep comes immediately, and we rest preparing for the next very full and interesting day.
-Dahlia Sevy, New York, NY