Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sophie the lifeguard

This summer, Sophie became quite infatuated with the lifeguards at the pool. While the other kids were off swimming, Sophie could be found following the guards around the pool, helping them check the chemicals, sweep the deck, empty the trash cans, or giving "thumbs up"to other swimmers letting them know it was safe to come down the slide. 
She LOVED having a task to complete at the pool and took her "jobs" very seriously. And if you asked her right now, she would gladly tell you that her new ambition in life is to become a "princess lifeguard"! Let there be no mistake...she will STILL be a princess, but a life guard one at that;)
Needless to say, we got to know all the life guards at the pool very well this summer. 
However, one guard in particular took to Sophie like no other.  Her name was Charlotte and
Sophie absolutely adored her!! Charlotte was so sweet to Sophie and the two became fast buddy's;)
 Charlotte got Sophie this "lifeguard in training" shirt which was a HUGE hit with our girl.
Charlotte is a student at Clemson University and after a quick visit down there this summer, she brought all the kids back bright orange Clemson T-shirts. I mean, how incredibly sweet is THAT;) The kids LOVED them and are now begging to go visit Charlotte at school and attend a football game. I'm seeing a fall family weekend trip in our very near future, for sure;)
 Charlotte left this weekend and is headed back to begin her junior year at school.  Boy oh boy, do we miss her so much already! The pool just won't be the same with out her. Before she left though, we were able to spend an entire day with her at one of our all time favorite places--Carowinds!!!
  It was such a treat for us, and the kids loved having Charlotte all to their selves;)
What an incredible blessing it was for our family to have met this sweet girl over the summer!
And when Charlotte returns to the pool next summer, I know one little girl in particular who will be super excited!! With bathing suit on and whistle in hand, Sophie will be ready to rule the pool once again;)


Melissa said...

Such an adorable story!!! I had kids I loved in college and they hold a special place in my heart to this day.
Sophie is such a doll in her lifeguard gear :)

Melissa said...

That is such an adorable story and it reminded me of some sweet kiddos I loved in college. They will always hold a special place in my heart just as I am sure yours will with Charlotte. Sophie is such a doll in her lifeguard gear-what sweet summer memories!

Bethany said...

That is so sweet!

Melanie said...

How precious is this!! I still remember some of my "favorites" from when I was a lifeguard eons ago! One was a little girl named Casey & actually, Sophie reminds me SO much of her! Love this sweet relationship, how neat!!