I have few pleasant memories of my time at the school. As I recall, it started snowing early (October?) and the snow continued into spring (March). There were numerous black flies which, I was sorry to learn, bite. HARD. Since there were so few students, it was difficult to find anyone that I felt an affinity with, and I never did fit in. Fulfilling a lifetime (or school lifetime, at least) fantasy, I joined the cheerleading squad, which was open to anyone who wanted to participate. At nearly 200 pounds I was, no doubt, the most improbable cheerleader ever, but I was enthusiastic -- for a while. The other girls on the squad didn't care for me -- and let me know -- and we were a fairly rag-tag group. We did have one girl who could do both a cartwheel and a split; the rest of us mostly jumped around waving our arms in semi-unison. I quit the squad about half-way through the season.
The school had a stable and boarded horses for the local community. I loved horseback riding when I'd gone to girl scout camp years before, so when the opportunity presented itself to earn riding time, I eagerly signed up. In order to be able to ride a set amount of time, I had to first work by feeding the horses for a (much longer) set amount of time. I didn't mind the trek down to the stables until, as I mentioned, it started snowing. After that, not having proper outdoor attire, it became too much of a chore and I quit that as well. I don't think I got to ride more than once or twice the entire time.
The one true bright spot was that I was able to participate in the drama program without worrying about my aunt being unwilling to transport me to rehearsals. Because of the school's small size, anyone who auditioned for a part was pretty much guaranteed to get one. I landed the lead in the school's fall production, during which the script called for me to smash a plate onstage and fall to my knees, screaming in emotional agony. It was wonderfully cathartic.
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