Last Monday morning, Anneke, Johanna, Kristen, Nelle and I showed up in our Spanish class to quite a surprise—a three foot doll sitting a plastic box. With brown string for hair, clothes suitable for a six-year-old, barely a nose, and a fake Olympic medal hanging around her neck, we were a bit confused about her place in the classroom. When our maestra, Abby Holland, walked in, she laughed as she began to explain the origins of our new project—Luci.
After attending a conference in her home state of Kansas, Abby had met a woman with a neat idea for a project—to send a doll around the country, documenting her journey in a journal with both pictures and written entries. So, our assignment was to bring our new friend Luci all over the MCS campus, taking pictures of us and her doing various activities typical of an MCS student. Then, we would compile the photos in a Powerpoint presentation, and write captions in the verb tenses we had just reviewed (pretérito e imperfecto).
This morning, promptly following brunch, the five of us (six, counting Luci) set off to document our experience with Luci. We frolicked all around campus, starting with Johanna and my cabin (Orchard House), stopping by the composting toilets, showing her with the reconstructed whale bones, the stuffed wolf, and the electricity-producing bike in the CEE. We then set off to the tennis courts, showing her scaling the fence, and then to the Adirondack Chairs, a circle of chairs that serves both as a social spot and the location of our daily morning gather. Narrowly missing the chance to take a picture of Luci on Paul’s motocicleta, we brought her to the waterfront, stopping along the way to take a picture of us all playing tetherball. We took pictures of her in a canoe, in one of our sailboats, and on the diving board, before heading back up towards the farm. Luci then visited the cows, Moses the ram, the pigs, and the chickens, as well as took a picture in front of the compost pile with John (who was turning the compost and feeding the pigs at the time).
Trying to acquaint her with MCS life as much as possible, we introduced Luci to the students and faculty we passed, and explained our lives to her, laughing all the while. We are sad to send Luci along her next stop, but trust that she will continue to have pleasant adventures. We hope that Luci enjoyed her visit as much as we enjoyed her. ¡Adiós!
-Kelly Timmes, Colonia, NJ