I had a pretty amazing Saturday. First, we had a talk, which I was one of the student leaders for, about safe spaces and respecting diversity. Then I went with Katie P. to the farm and we talked and knitted under the wind turbine and decided to go exploring because it was such a nice day. We went through the woods and down to the coast and napped on some rocks in the sun. After that, we started looking at some of the places around the farm we had never been and found a cool old grave. As the sun started to get low, we headed to the barn where I spend the rest of the afternoon visiting Clementine, the calf, who, after feeding for over two weeks, I have become incredibly attached.
I’ve decided to watch the sunset every evening that I can for the rest of the semester, sometimes with one or two people, sometimes alone. Now that it occurs well before dinner and study hours, I feel free to delay work and projects to see the last moments of the sun before all that’s left is subdued skies of grey and black. I run down to the waterfront to watch the sun slip away down into the ocean, and watch the receding beams of reflective color follow back through the waves. I will also linger, to see what remains after the sun has disappeared completely. All that remains is a modest flush upon the face of the grey clouds, which swirl and move endlessly, revealing and obscuring a glowing half moon and filling the forest with a patchy grey glow. I then walk back through the woods I knew too well to need a flashlight, or on a clear night lie back and huddle for warmth as I watch the stars with a dear friend.
Those moments of true beauty affect you so much when you are at Chewonki. In our busy lives here, that are so filled with adventures and learning, I find it truly amazing to slow down and look, to explore the woods, to gaze at the ocean, and to spend time at the farm. As the time we have left starts to diminish and at what seems an increasing rate, I have challenged myself to soak it all in – something I probably would have thought about more from the beginning if I knew what an amazing place Chewonki would be.