Hi folks. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written anything. I’ve been kinda busy this summer. So much so, that it would make an okay “What I did on my Summer Break” Essay… Maybe more than okay, I suppose.
A month back, I realized that maybe I should write an essay like we all used to back when we were in school. To be honest, it’s taken me this long to have time to sit down and write this blog entry. Seeing as the Soccer season has been keeping me kinda busy so far. I’ll talk about that later…
My main reason for wanting to write one of those school “What I did on my Summer Break” Essays, is because it was definatly the summer of a lifetime! I don’t think I’ve had this much fun during a Summer since I was in Middle School. Or at least, since I was 16. Back before I started working during every hour that I wasn’t in school or classes (like, in College). Back when we actually took time to go outside and play while it was light outside. Back when the Summer meant playing in the pool until we were raisins. Back when we thought that Summers were meant to kick back and relax, not to grab more hours at work.
Yes, I was working this entire Summer, but it didn’t really seem like I was. I had fun while I worked. I spent the entire Summer watching (and helping) tons of kids and adults have fun. For once, I have to admit, I spent my Summer having fun at work. I managed to enjoy the sunshine, and I got to be my usual social self without worrying about keeping my voice at it’s “inside voice” level. I didn’t have to pretend to be a professional-secretary-like employee drone. I finally had fun! Trust me, when I have fun at work, I remember it for a LONG time afterwards.
I spent my summer working for Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT. I’m going to miss the place, actually. I always liked going when I was younger. I still managed to come back to Compounce as much as I was able to, when I started working every Summer. When I saw that they were hiring back in the middle of Spring, I couldn’t resist at least trying to get a job there. Since I wasn’t working, I thought “Hey, this could be fun” and decided to try.
I met my Manager while he was conducting interviews for the department I work for now, and liked him instantly. We clicked *snaps* like that. That pretty much set the tone for the entire Summer for me, actually. He’s one of those people that inspires you to be who you are, and to not be afraid to reach your potential. Mistakes can be fixed without drama, etc. My coaches and fellow Team Members have become like my family. You know, we tease one another, have shared many private jokes, and the like.
The Park managers are all nice about things, even when things got crazy. Even when they were beyond stressed out during the 4th of July weekend. The GM is especially awesome!!! I’ve never seen him without a smile on his face, even when he’s tired at the end of the night. He’s fair with every one of us. He likes to hear our input, and sharing in our stories of how our Guests have been treated. He goes out of his way to make sure that we’re as happy with the Park as our Guests are.
He actually was the inspiration for one of my stories… I’ll let you guys read it when I’m done with it, I promise! I think, though, he should have a chance to read it first.
When I finish writing this blog, I should be just about done with the story because I’m doing both at the same time. At least, I HOPE so. I haven’t been writing much in the past year because I haven’t been inspired as much as I used to. But then I got some inspiration a few months ago to write a story. No matter the subject matter, it actually feels good to be writing again. But then, that’s a horse of another color, I suppose… Another blog for another time, I’m thinking… And so on and so forth…
Well, now that it’s October, it’s time to be thinking about Halloween plans, and the rest of the Soccer season in Naugatuck. I’ve been selected to be the Recreational Referee Assignor for the town, so I’ve been keeping busy with that so far this season. It’s an interesting job. I get to schedule our younger, and sometimes the Veteran, Referees for our younger soccer players’ games on Saturday mornings. It’s fun to watch each of our new players react to the older kids teaching them the game.
I mean, it’s not in my job description as the Assignor to be on the fields ever Saturday to watch them, but I enjoy it. The Assigning part of my job is kinda stressful at times, but I need a reminder that all the stress is worth seeing kids having fun while playing the game I love so much.
Which is why I go down to the fields where I’ve put my Refs. I’m watching how everyone reacts to one another. I say I’m watching how the Refs are doing, but I think I’m watching the joy on every kids face as they play the game. It’s priceless. Just like those card commercials say, you can’t put a price on this.
It’s also good to sit back after my 9 and 10 year-old boys team has played and watch other kids playing the game we all love. Oh? I didn’t tell you? I’m coaching the game too. The guys I have on my team are amazing. They all have such raw talent. I can see that they love the game. I mean, yeah I have doubts that I’ll be able to help them reach their full potential this season, but I’m going to enjoy teaching them what I know of the game that we all love!
Silver, signing off for now…