Grace’s Great Times: A Tweet-worthy Summer

By Grace Vanderpool

As the weather gets colder and the leaves start to fall, I find myself longing to go back to summer. But when I think about my life-guarding experience, it’s hard to imagine why. This was my third summer working at Rockwood Pool, so I knew exactly what I was getting into. However, the funny and sometimes absurd things the kids from the pool did never failed to shock me. I thought some of the incidents might shock others too, so I began to share them in a series of tweets. Here are a few of them:

June 20: Today a little boy came up to the front desk, whispered “you’re fat,” then walked away. #itsthelitttlethings 🙂 <3

July 3: Today I heard some kids at the pool playing Marco YOLO instead of Marco Polo… I’m disgusted

July 24: Convos heard while lifeguarding: “I’m gonna ride on you underwater and when I punch your leg come up for air and if you don’t I’ll bite your butt so hard you’ll bleed.”

August 22: A little boy just came up and gave me a swim cap and after it was in my hands he said “my friend just peed in that” and ran away #lovemyjob

 

I sometimes used the fact that these kids were young and impressionable to my advantage by informing them of my opinions about social issues in regular conversations. For example…

June 21: *little boy comes to front desk* him: “Can I have that Shamu floatie?” me: “Sure but REMEMBER THAT WHALES BELONG IN THE OCEAN AND NOT IN CAPTIVITY” him: *runs away*

 

I wasn’t the only one who found these experiences entertaining enough to share on social media. Here’s a tweet from my co-worker, Quinn.

August 30: A little boy just came up to me and Grace and told us he liked to smell his shoes because he loved the smell of sweat and then tried to make us smell them. #justanormalday

 

However, while these conversations were sometimes inappropriate and offensive, I think there is one tweet that sums up how I feel about my summer.

September 6: Gonna miss my little goobers from the pool 🙁 #lovethem

A picture of the pool where the inspirations for my tweets took place.
A picture of the pool where the inspirations for my tweets took place.
Grace Vanderpool, People Editor/ Marketing Manager
Grace Vanderpool, People Editor/ Marketing Manager