Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Lifeguard

Lately, I've been missing writing for writing's sake.  So, when I came across Mama Kat's writing prompts, I decided to give one a try.  This is the one I chose...

3.) Write about a time you saw someone doing something kind for someone else. (inspired by Gigi’s Ramblings)

A couple of summers ago, the two girls I was a nanny for and I were spending the day at the pool.  They were both taking a swimming class, and I was lounging happily by the side of the pool.  I was very amused, watching two teenage girls giggle and ogle a very good looking lifeguard.  I could hear their overexcited gushes of adoration, and it took me back.  Suddenly I had visions of myself and my friends at that age, discussing the dreamy factor of each lifeguard at the pool.  Of course, we never actually talked to  the dreamy lifeguards!  We were much too busy working on our tans, and talking about what they were probably like to find out what they were actually like. Ahh... the good old days.

I sat there chuckling to myself as I thought of the silly me from the past, when something caught my attention.  One of the boys in the class was causing a fairly big scene.  He was making it very obvious to everyone at the pool that he did not want to get in the water.  It was obvious that he had special needs (possibly autism), and that the mother had no idea what to do at that moment, and was wishing she could disappear... or be rescued.

Suddenly, Mr. Dreamy Lifeguard swam over.  He very calmly climbed out of the water, and sat next to the boy.  I couldn't hear what he was saying, but I could see him talking to the boy.  Then, he got into the water, went under, and came up grinning at him.  He cupped his hands and very gently poured a little water on the boys feet, the whole time talking to the boy in a very kind way.  Before I knew it, the boy's legs were dangling in the water, and not longer after that, Mr. Dreamy Lifeguard was holding him in the water.

I could barely take my eyes off Mr. Dreamy Lifeguard.  He was so patient, so kind, so sweet.  I looked over at the boy's mother, who was also mesmerized by the sight.  She looked so happy and so relieved that I felt my eyes tearing up.  What an amazing guy Mr. Dreamy Lifeguard was at such a young age, (I guessed his age to be about 17).  I found myself hoping that my son would be that patient, kind, and sweet at his age.  Then, I laughed to myself, thinking "Well, times have certainly changed!  Instead of ogling the good looking lifeguard because I want to date him, I'm hoping my son grows up to be like him!  I am officially OLD!"

Later that day, as I walked out of the pool with the girls, I walked past Mr. Dreamy Lifeguard.  I stopped and told him, "I just wanted to tell you that you did a really great job with that little boy during the class earlier.  You were so patient and kind".  "Oh, thanks", he answered.  "He's a great kid".  I started to walk away, but turned to put my hand on his arm, saying "So are you".

I turned to see the giggly teenage girls watching us.  Maybe it was my imagination, but I could've sworn I heard one exclaim "Oh my gawd!  She touched him!"  I laughed and thought about my little boy, and how anxious I was to see him later that day.  These days are pretty good too.


Diane said...

I LOVED this story! It made me cry... and smile :). Thanks for sharing!

Ducky said...

Gave me tears too. Patient, special men are hard to find. That lifeguard has such amazing things in his future.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What a great story.

Both of my sons could be that lifeguard--and there is no feeling like knowing you've raised a man like that.

Anonymous said...

As a mother of a child with special needs, this story makes me very happy. It is so hard to find people who are understanding and willing to take the time to make my child feel loved.
Thank you for sharing this story. There really are good people out there.

Stopping by from Mama Kat's!

Shell said...

This brought tears to my eyes. As a parent to a child on the spectrum, I've been in that mom's shoes- and anyone who reaches out to help instead of ignoring or even worse- judging... they are a blessing.

Brooke said...

What a touching story!! That kid sounds like the best kind of dreamy!!