A Distant Home
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Drearily walking off of the bus in the morning, I walk through the library and down the hall to my routine spot in the new gym lobby. Every day, I am greeted there by eighth grader Declan Smith and Nick Beck. After going through this routine for eight months, I am just now beginning to appreciate how just sitting there with them and laughing before advisor and class has been a perfect way to suppress me and get me ready for the action packed day ahead. If it were not for the humor of people like Nick and Declan, my day would probably be much more dreary and I would be less ready for the day! Heading off to high school next year, I hope to find a morning spot just like the new gym lobby that I can relax in!
Playing 14 Fenn Football games over my Football career, and probably 7 of those games at home (as well as probably over 50 practices?) I have come to get to know the Reynolds Turf well in terms of the amount of time I have spent on it. It is not time, however, that has connected this turf with me. Instead, it has been the numerous moments of memorable glory that has allowed me to cherish this beautiful field and call it a home. Games that I vividly remember include our homecoming game against Groton, which was a great experience, as I was able to play in front of hundreds of people. As well, our game against Milton Academy, which we were not expected to win but ended up pulling away in the end after various great plays that all involved grit. My final memory of the Reynolds field was my final football game in a Fenn uniform against Fay. Our team made some spectacular plays that I will certainly remember, but unfortunately it was not enough to get the win. Although we lost, it was a positive memory in ending off my Fenn football career.
The tiny house, although recent, has become an area of comfort and consolidation for me as I have found somewhere to connect back with history and nature. The tiny house we are building is a replication of the house that Henry David Thoreau built off his principles of simplicity. As I sit down and soak up the fruition of nature, like grass soaking up pure rain water, I am fed and nourished with the power of those people and that land before me. The simplicity of the area is what makes me feel at home, and it is an area I look forward to spending more time at through my tenure at Fenn and beyond.
Although I may be physically leaving Fenn, these homes will be area that will have a place in my heart forever. Even after I graduate from Fenn, I hope to come back and visit some of the spots that I have countless memories at. Although I have not realized how much these homes have made an impact on me until now, I will always be grateful for Fenn and these great area they have provided me with.