Chewonki continues to amaze me every day. I’m sitting here in the dining hall, listening to Baylor and Alex play guitar, drinking hot chocolate, talking with friends, and watching the snowball fight outside. It’s snowing again! We’re supposed to get another foot today, on top of the two feet already on the ground.
I love it when it snows. We make snowmen, explore campus, push each other in the snow, go cross country skiing or snowshoeing, and the next day we still see the remnants of our creations– faded footprints and impressions in the snow where we fell over, ski tracks. I like sitting in the warmth of the dining hall sipping hot chocolate while we all just enjoy each other’s company. The snow makes everything perfect, coating the world in an even, fluffy layer of white.
I think we all bonded so fast because of the snow and cold. By day two we were all piled on couches, hugging and cuddling to try and get warm again. It’s crazy how close I feel with these people already. I’ve made such good relationships with people already, and I’ve strengthened friendships from home. The people here, each and every one of them are amazingly talented and interesting. We’re in such a comfortable environment here that I can see people act the way they really are, and it amazes me.
Today was fantastic! The sun is finally coming out and everybody is so excited about it cause we haven’t felt warmth on our skin in so long. After lunch, everybody changed into shorts and went out on the porch. I went on a walk with Sale, Paul and Luke to the waterfront and we sat out there watching the water on the dock. It was so sunny and beautiful. It was the first time I could walk around in shorts and be comfortable. I loved it. Part of me though thinks about how weird it is that nothing is frozen anymore. A part of me wants the snow back, because all of these changes mean that the semester is going by way faster than I want it to.
We all came home today! I walked back from my solo spot this morning. As soon as I got back I was greeted by everyone outside on the porch and inside the dining hall. The doors and windows were open, the sun was shining; it was a beautiful Easter Sunday morning. People in the dining hall were cleaning up from brunch, blasting music and screaming their hearts out. I put down my stuff and jumped in with everyone dancing and singing. It was the epitome of Chewonki bliss.
We headed over to school meeting, where we shared stories about solos in different small groups. It was great watching everyone getting together again, sharing stories, hugging, enjoying the beautiful day. We’re at that point in our semester when we are so comfortable with each other, we know how things work here, we’ve gotten the hang of things – and it’s so great to watch. Just all the smiling faces and so many friendships all in one place. I decided on my solo that these next 5 weeks, my last five weeks here (and I can’t believe it) are going to be some of the best weeks of my life. I’m going to take advantage of every second and enjoy these amazing people while I still can.