On a cool summer night in the end of August we all shuffled in around the campfire. Fatigue had caught up with us from the packed days of orientation. We were still adjusting to the 6:30 a.m. wake-up and were looking forward to a relaxing night of songs and fun. We all sat down on the benches around the fire, tending to group up by cabins, because at the time our cabin mates were the people we were most comfortable with. We talked quietly among ourselves until the first acts started. As the evening unfolded, the timid atmosphere dwindled, and we became more comfortable with each other.
For yesterday’s Saturday night activity we had another campfire. This time it was different. Instead of sitting on the benches, we all cuddled up with each other around the glowing embers of the fire singing songs and laughing. After three weeks of MCS we feel as though we’ve been friends for ages and all of the shyness has gone away. We feel comfortable talking to everyone and requesting songs from musicians in our group. Some even sing songs they wrote themselves, sharing personal experiences that bring us closer together. We look forward to sharing moments like this in the future when our bonds have strengthened further and we are even closer.
– Anneke Heher, Wellesley, MA and Bethany Herring, Indianapolis,IN