For some of us at Chewonki, dodge ball on Fridays has become a tradition. After a long day of 5 classes, dodge ball is the perfect way to finish up the afternoon, allowing us to let out all the energy we have stored up. This Friday, we recognized that as winter approached and the days got shorter, it would soon be dark by 4:00, the time when dodge ball begins, and this could be our second-to-last dodge ball day. We were already moving towards the middle of November, and sunset was going to start at 4:15. Knowing this, we realized we didn’t have the time to find a creative way to split up teams, so instead we partnered up and each partner went to an opposite side of the court.
This Friday was truly an epic day of dodge ball. The teams were very even, making for a great series of games. Even Mr. Redman, our math teacher Ben’s dad, had to join in. As balls flew across the court, the sun began to set, turning the sky into a mix of yellows, reds, and oranges, with a bright glowing sphere descending among these colors. Between each game, as we set up the balls along the middle line, we couldn’t help pausing to notice the sunset in the background. As the light faded, Katie announced that the next game would be the last of the day. It ended with only two people left on the court, Quinn vs. Jason. After a few throws that didn’t quite hit their mark, Quinn and Jason got each other out at the exact same time, ending the day with a true Chewonki tie.
-Sophia Haim, New York, NY