Family. We use the word so often to describe ourselves here at Norwich, but sometimes the word is used too liberally, and its meaning lost. It’s the power of a word, however, that seems to hold so much sway over us. Words can create, destroy, bolster or demotivate… and they can take the significance of something, perhaps an idea, and make it so much more than words.
Tonight was Lyre night for Band Company. The company had assembled and waited for a little over 45 minutes, tending the fire, listening for the far-off sounds of the freshmen as they finished up their culminating event. There were current students and recent alumni, officers and enlisted, all centered around this soon-to-be class of brand new Zoobies. Eventually, we heard them. Their yells were far off in the distance at first, but then came closer, and closer, voices building to a crescendo and then suddenly falling off into silence. All in a line, we waited for a good five minutes, rubbing our hands in the cold.
And then, screams of triumph. The trainees of 2016 had gotten their Lyres.
It’s nights like these that makes me so proud to be in Band. To be a Zoobie. We stand united under our common experiences, no matter how different our years may be. It’s something that stays with a person long past their years at Norwich. It’s on our rings. It’s on our skin. It stands for the desire to be a moral, upstanding, and honest leader. Who knows how to have fun, mind you.
One of these new members, might I add, is also a fellow student blogger. Christie Cajina, who is also a member of 6-3 (which makes us… I don’t know how you would phrase that. But we’re both original 6-3), has done wonderfully this year, and I wanted to extend a specific invitation to all of you to go over and check out her blog…. And possibly get a better idea of Freshman year from a more immediate perspective.
Getting to know these “kids” after months of professional distance is more exciting than I can easily express. It’s so tempting to just tell them everything; about Sophomore year, about the company, about how we’ve felt. But it’ll come in due time. For now, there’s just the task of settling back, enjoying a family that is 18 members stronger, and waiting for a junior ring weekend that is less than 24 hours away.
Here we go!
Band Co. ‘15