It’s the last week in February and winter is in full swing here at Water Run Farm. Over two feet of snow has piled up around the house and barns this past week, and Rebecca and Mark have been logging multiple days on skis. It’s been cold, too, and the below zero nights have kept our new wood-burning furnace humming.
Down the road at NMH, though, the high school winter sports season is coming to a close. Nathaniel’s ice hockey team finished their season with a loss to Deerfield. And Ellinore’s team plays Loomis-Chafee school on Friday night, and Proctor Academy on Saturday, to round out their season.
Ice hockey will continue, though. In early April, Nathaniel travels with his U-18 team to Wayne, New Jersey to play in the Tier II USA Hockey National Championships.
Ellinore’s Shamrocks Select team will make its spring run as well, with games in late March as the designated team from Vermont in the New England Regional Championships in Conway, New Hampshire, with hopes to move on to the U-16 nationals in Buffalo, New York.
Of course there is more to life than eating, sleeping and playing hockey. At NMH Parent Days a couple of weeks ago, Ellinore recited the poem she had memorized, Mary Oliver’s “Some Questions You Might Ask.” (She is required to memorize a poem a week in her first-year humanities seminar.) Yeah, Ellie! And last week, Nathaniel interviewed for one of the coveted positions at NMH, Resident Leader. This evening, in fact, we learned that he was chosen as a Day Student Leader in Upper Crosley Hall, where he will spend the 2014-15 academic year as a mentor, role model, and organizer for students living the dorm. Congratulations, Nathaniel!