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November 03, 2008

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

I can hardly believe we only have one more month remaining of Summit Semester! I can remember way back when we still had eighty-four days to go! And now I don't even want to think about the short number of days we have left here. I never thought that I would feel so at home with twenty-seven strangers in the woods.

My initial hesitation to come here because I was afraid I would regret it has been entirely obliterated. This has been one of the most rewarding and memorable semesters I have had so far. After getting to know and love every person here, I am realizing just how difficult it will be to leave them and the community we have created here. I will miss the continual happy and joyful aura that is so difficult to find out in "the real world." The people here have been continually teaching me, through their own actions and attitudes, the importance of accepting people for who they are and truly loving them. If we all did that simple thing, we could change the world so much!

Speaking of the real world, class is a constant reminder of what we will, yet again, be faced with when we go back home to school and work. The only difference, for me anyways, is that now I feel like I know so much less than I did before! It seems ironic that the more you learn, you realize how little you actually know. Dr. Bauman has a sneaky way of exposing your ignorance when you didn't even realize it was there in the first place! However frustrating this can be at times, it is imperative to realize that there is never an end to learning.

On a lighter note, the art class we had tonight was nothing short of entertaining. We each had to find a partner and perform a skit on a pre-written, very ambiguous script that allowed for endless interpretations and ideas. My partner, Jeff, and I decided to do a skit involving a dentist, a kitchen knife, and ketchup...just one among others involving fighting knights, fifteen-year-olds on a date with their parents, grouchy old ladies, a betrothed young couple, and of course, banana cream pies to the face!

I wish it was possible to describe exactly what it is like here, but judging from the paragraph above, imagination is necessary. I wish everyone could go through an experience like this, but hopefully we can each give the people around us a taste of it when we get back home.

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