Ironwood Maine Web Update

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
– Henry David Thoreau

On campus this week, there has been a lot to be grateful for. While spending time with staff and students, it is obvious that this group is thankful for both who they are, and what they have. In preparing to complete this update, I asked a resident if he would be interested in helping me summarize the happenings on campus, by interviewing several other peers. Here is his/their feedback:

This week started out with residents returning mentally and physically back to Ironwood from Family Weekend. Some took more time than others to adjust to the daily routine, but everyone was supportive of one another.

One Farmhouse resident expressed their thoughts as, “I loved seeing my parents after being away from them for so long, but while I was off campus, I really missed all my friends back at Ironwood.”

It has been even more challenging to get through the daily routine at the Farmhouse this week because five Blue residents are on their home visits.

This past Tuesday, we said goodbye to Autumn who was our master gardener who is spending the winter traveling, and is planning to be back to work next spring. We celebrated her departure with a dinner made from foods grown in the garden. She will be missed by everyone who has worked with her.

This week has also been extremely cold. Temperatures have fallen to as low as 4 degrees, and residents from the southern part of the country are not quite sure how to react. The cold has been keeping us mostly indoors but we have found plenty of opportunity to test our winter gear and it’s been keeping us all warm and toasty.

“I have never seen snow that sticks to the ground before,” said a Frye resident after it started snowing this past Wednesday.

Thanksgiving was a day enjoyed by all and it was topped off with an amazing dinner. The smell of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing filled the Schoolhouse, where both campuses stuffed themselves full of food. Frye and the Farmhouse spent the day together playing dodgeball, watching a movie, and visiting with one another.

I heard one resident say, “Thanksgiving Day here at Ironwood was one of the best days of their lives.”

I think that everybody enjoyed the day off from school, and I know that everyone loved the movie, “Elf.”

“It has been so long since I have even watched T.V, anything would have been good, but this was so much fun!” said one resident after this hilarious movie.

The past week has been full of joy, gratitude, and happiness. Everybody seems to be in a good mood as we move on from Family Weekend and Thanksgiving and start looking forward to the season of winter.

It was great to see many of you this past weekend and we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.