Sundays at Chewonki are great. The day starts late which means that people get to sleep in and recover from the long week and the usually high-energy Saturday night activity. At 9:00AM, a few volunteer students report to the kitchen to make brunch. At 10:30, everyone else arrives for a wonderful meal. This past Sunday, we had omelets, seasoned potatoes, candied bacon, and apple popovers. Everything was scrumptious. After brunch, the schedule says “personal time”. For some people, this time consists of doing all the homework we have been putting off. But even that is relaxing. Work can be done in the library, on the porch of the Wallace or the Farmhouse, in the Fishbowl with the windows open, or other peaceful places around campus. There are always other people to work with, too. When there is not work to be done, or there is work to be done but the weather is too nice to do it, there are plenty of other things going on. For instance, last Sunday Leo and Adam organized a big game of Ultimate Frisbee on the lower field. The two teams played hard before people had to go back to work or were too tired. All day, people are napping, walking, going to the farm to see the lambs, going for runs, playing music, meditating, and so much else. In the afternoon, Adam holds seminar, and after that is one of my favorite things about Sundays: leftovers. There is nothing better than all the great food (since Wednesday) heaped on one plate with a glass of farm milk right nearby. After that, we have a little more time to relax before study hours, when everyone finally realizes that they should have read that history instead of taking that nap, or studied for science instead of going for a walk to the waterfront. When study hours are over, it’s back to the cabins for sleep and thoughts of next week’s lazy Sunday.
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