A Great Experience in a Simple Home
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” – Henry David Thoreau
Many students viewed this as just a day off from class. We knew that this exhibit had a chance to be great, but we also knew it had a chance to be disappointing. It was a beautiful, brisk November day. The whole Fenn Ninth grade senior class exited two Fenn busses and proceeded toward the front lawn of the Umbrella Center for the Arts, in Concord, MA. What I realized from this trip is that if you look at everything with an open mind and seek other people's perspectives, it will make your experience a lot more enjoyable. We ran onto the front lawn, and began to look at two tiny houses that were on the grass. We noticed that both were unfinished, and began to decode what we thought was being planned inside of the home. After a bit of touring and observing, we were brought inside to look at pictures, layouts, and diagrams. At first glance, I understood that this was related to what we were doing in English, but looked at it as undeveloped and not the best exhibit. It was not until the lady who was in charge of the tiny house came out and spoke, that I realized why she was doing this and what she was building. She spoke about how she had friends who had tiny houses, and how she wanted to be able to see the world by driving her house around, and experience a simple lifestyle. She also spoke about the hardships of the project, and how it is going to be tough to build the house to be put on a trailer, and how to design it so that it is going to be able to endure harsh winds from when she is towing it. I saw this trip as a great experience to get to hear from an authentic tiny house builder, and learn more about the morals and techniques if building a tiny house. If you can learn from someone who is a class above you, you should always do it.