So, when I was a kid — 70’s, 80’s — growing up in Northern Virginia — community pools had lifeguards.

“Stranger Things 2” kind of lifeguards. It was a whole lifestyle, actually.

For that heavenly, sunny, period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the neighborhood pool would be open, and there would be two or three teenagers on duty there doing their best to make it a safe place to be.

They weren’t making a living wage, that’s true, and that’s a real topic to consider in depth, but they also weren’t adults. You could be a lifeguard at ……

Rob Heittman

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