The past few weeks at Chewonki have been busy. Between a retreat at Debsconeag Lake, Chewonki’s girl’s camp, solos, where we spent a weekend alone in the Maine woods and the increasing amounts of schoolwork, it has seemed to the students like our free time has been decreasing. Then this weekend arrived. Friday included a Spanish presentation, a History test, huge amounts of homework, and little sleep.
Everyone was exhausted at the end of the day. We went to sleep as soon as possible, and woke up the next day not really expecting anything. Saturdays usually follow a general schedule of: Morning activity, then free time after lunch. The activity in question was homesteading, where we all went to different locations around campus. I helped tan a hide with Caitlin, and then I learned about bee keeping from James. Both of those were great activities, but the real fun came after lunch. I sat at my table, wondering what the next activity was when I realized, we didn’t have to be anywhere any time soon.
The rest of the day was mine to do whatever I needed to do with it. I played some Settlers of Catan, worked on crocheting a hat. I even used the chance of a warm day to have a water fight with a friend! I took a nap and did whatever I felt like. Sunday wasn’t much different. Sunday is almost all free time and it was glorious. I took even longer naps, played even more Catan. I watched some football on my computer. It was great and probably one of the more relaxing weekends I’ve ever spent here. It was nice to just relax, especially after so much schedule stress. Debsconeag and Solos all had great activities, but my favorite part of Chewonki life so far is being able to do what I want with my free time.
-Finn Pollock, Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte, NC