A piece of writing from Semester 56 Parent Weekend evening program where a few students chose to share aloud pieces of their writing from the semester.
If I were given a super power for just one week, I would choose the ability to Cam Jansen it. Cam Jansen was my childhood book of choice. She had the ability to screenshot moments with her eyes and keep those moments forever. Unlike Cam Jansen though, I would want to squint my eyes really quickly and capture how I was feeling in a moment. I would say I wish I had the ability to do this throughout the entire semester, but I don’t think I do. I think I have wanted this power more than ever this last week because it is now that I am feeling so much. I want to save the happiness I feel right now, but also the heartache. By screen-shotting these moments I would be able to bottle up those feelings and save them forever.
If I could do this, the first thing I would bottle up is the feeling of the ache in our stomachs after laughing so hard. A feeling we all know so well at this point. Next, I would encapsulate the pangs of sadness. I want to remember the times I stood outside and cried so hard I thought I would never stop. I want to hold onto the throbs in our fingers and toes after hours on work program or science field trip. I want to remember the hard truths I have learned about myself and the lessons that have come with those tough moments. Remembering that this place was not filled with only perfect moments is just as important as remembering the incredible ones. Most importantly though, in this tough screenshot, I would remember the sadness felt right here in this moment when we think of leaving. But how lucky we are to have found a place that makes us crumble the way it does when we think of being anywhere else.
The next moment I would bottle up are the times throughout the entire semester where I have felt so loved. I would bottle this one up the most carefully because it is the feeling I have felt the most. In ten years I may forget the way to some of my favorite points or the meaning of all the lingo we have come up with, but I will never forget the way you all made me feel a kind of love so rare, pure, and authentic. You have made me feel so happy and whole, so appreciated and acknowledged, and as a result made me love myself in such a new way.
I don’t have Cam Jansen powers but I think Chewonki has given us all a new and different kind of power. In my case, I have been given the power to see my own power. So, before we say our final goodbyes and set out for the next chapter, I challenge you all to Cam Jansen this moment and remember these feelings of being so, so loved. This journey was and sweet, and with all of our various screenshots in hand, let’s try to never forget.
-Rose, Kingswood Oxford School, CT