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Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
TITLE: Passing the Test
By Marilee Alvey
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I’m SO excited! I passed my lifesaver’s test (Yay!) and I get to be a lifeguard! I’m SO into helping others. Tomorrow’s my first day. Think of the tan I’m going to get, not to mention saving for my own car. Bret better leave me alone or I’m gonna drown him.
I am SO sore. I don’t care what they say: SPF 15 DOES NOT WORK. I wonder what the 15 stands for: fifteen minutes before you burn your booty off? This job IS NOT EASY! The little kids! First you see their head, then you don’t. Then you’re yelling, “No dunking!” and “No running!” I screamed so much today I sounded like mom. Bret was TOTALLY in my face all day. “Help! I can’t breathe!” Of course, I have to look like I’m taking everything seriously, so I tried to look like I cared, then blew my whistle and made him sit out of the pool for fifteen minutes, hoping he’d burn. Brothers are just GROSS! I’m going to put on some aloe and lie under the fan. I’m so tired.
My alarm didn’t wake me up. I guess the fan drowned it out. “Drowned?” Hey, I should have saved it! LOL! Mom had to wake me. I had a fight with her. She just doesn’t get it. I don’t see why Bret can’t go to another pool in town and stay out of mine. I just can’t be loving, caring and concerned with him around. I saw a cute guy but couldn’t really talk to him. I’m too busy counting heads to concentrate on anything else. I wonder when I’ll get my first check?
Either that tadpole goes or I do. It’s like being in Paradise but having to babysit. I’m up to SPF30 sunblock and apply it every half hour. I saw that cute guy again. He came up to me while I was on my break. I found out that his name is Jarrod. It was really starting to get cool until Bret showed up. “Hey, Roach,” he said. “Better get back to your job making sure the munchkins don’t put the ‘P’ in Pool.” The very least he could do was call me by my real nickname, “Rooch,” like everyone else. The little dweeb held a dweebfest today under my chair with the little chromosomal abnormalities he calls friends. I did get to help a little girl who slipped into the water and bumped her head today. She was so adorable. Her mom said she was really glad that I was at my post today. It made me feel that it’s all worth it.
I’m off today. Got my first check. There’s something wrong, though. A bunch of my money was taken out. It’s gotta be a mistake. I’ll check on Monday. Tiff and I went to see a movie. It was lame.
I went to the high school service and sat next to Allison, the fake. She stands there, lifting her hands when I know for a fact that, last night, the only thing she probably lifted was a beer. What a hypocrite. God, I don’t know how some people can claim to be one way and then be another. It really ticks me off.
The accident wasn’t Bret’s fault. He collided with a guy who dove from the side into the area meant only for diving. At first, I just stood there, but then I started blowing my whistle and yelling, “Clear the pool!” Andrea pulled the big kid out and I got Bret. I was so scared but somehow did right. Bret was still breathing but he was coughing up water like crazy and was covered with blood. The rescue squad took him to St. Joseph’s. Mom got called. I started crying and couldn’t stop shaking. I got a ride to the hospital. Mom and I hugged really long, then sat, cried, and later, prayed. Bret stayed overnight so they could check for a concussion. I really do love him. Bret and I have a history together: discarded army men, disfigured Barbie dolls… Who else can I totally diss and know that he’ll still be there for breakfast the next day? Jarrod? Jarrod who?
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