6:00 AM: Disney music began to play from my alarm clock at exactly six-o-clock and all the Ranch House girls grumbled as we climbed out of our nice warm beds. Although the morning bell wasn’t going to ring for another thirty minutes, our cabin was the first one assigned to farm chores, so we got to wake up in the pitch black and head over to the farm before anyone else was awake yet. This may sound miserable, but if you ask anyone of the girls in my cabin what there favorite part about life at MCS is, they would all say farm chores.
We would pile on layers of long underwear, fleeces, winter jackets, hats, and mittens and trudge through the snow to the farm. The six of us were split into pairs and assigned individual chores. Lucy and I were picked to do the milking, and we were thrilled. Brad showed us the ins and outs of mucking out the stalls, giving them grain, and finally how to actually milk a cow.
Lola stood still while we learned how to brush off the dirt and wipe her udders off with soap and water. Then Lucy and I each sat on one side of her on a milk carton and began to work our fingers up and down, and the milk began to squirt out. It came out slowly at first, as we got used to the different techniques, but pretty soon we hit a rhythm and before we knew it the bucket was almost three-quarters of the way full. After taking the bucket to the milk room, we let the cows out into the field and put new bedding down in their stalls.
Farm chores are over now, and each of the girls in my cabin and I have been assigned separate jobs that mostly involve cleaning of some sort. Although it might be nice to be able to sleep in that extra half an hour, and not come to breakfast smelling like farm, I still miss farm chores so much and can’t wait till spring when it’s my turn again!
-Chelsie Glover, Kennebunk, ME