ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Generations Day Care Part Two: The First Day

Updated on February 6, 2015

The First Day isn't always the Smoothest




Sarah was my supervisor and Amanda was an assistant like me. The very first day of my summer job, we were going to the rec center to go swimming. My main responsibility was to go into the men's locker room with the boys, a place the women obviously couldn't go. The two boys I was told to keep the closest eye on were Spencer and Mark, six year-old twins.

The twins were almost completely identical and at first I wondered how I was supposed to tell them apart. But as luck would have it, Spencer had a very small mark on his ear that gave him away instantly.

I held Mark and Spencer's hands and acted as caboose while Sarah and Amanda took up the front of the line. So far, so good. When we got to the rec center I went in with the boys and made sure they stopped in the showers before we went into the pool.

One of the biggest shortcomings in a swimming trip is the complete inability swim. As such I had to wade in the shallow end of the pool, but for the most part I had a very good time. We played rounds of Marco Polo and when the swimming hour was over we went back into the locker room to dry off and get dressed.

The two oldest boys, Preston and Danny, were fine. They got showered and dressed without hassle and were out in the lobby with the girls in no time. But the youngest kids, Spencer, Mark and another boy named Raymond took forever standing in the shower. Spencer and Mark were just plain hyperactive and Raymond seemed nervous about me all together and I was at a loss on how to get them to hurry up and get dressed.

Finally, after about twenty minutes we were out of the locker room and on our way back to the school. I could almost imagine Sarah and Amanda scrutinizing me the entire afternoon and after that day I was sure they could have found a dozen or so people who could do the job better than me. But I really wanted to do well here and so I tried to make up for it.

At snack time I poured the milk and as I did I learned the names of each of the children (changed for the purposes of the article, obviously).

Spencer, Cameron, Raymond, Rachel, Preston, Chelsea, Megan, Megan C., Sara, Danny, Larissa, and Kelly. More would arrive in later weeks of course but for now I had their names.

After snack we had circle. Tiffany read to the kids and I sat with them. The book she read was generally tied in with a special weekly theme like “Bullies, Meanies, and Heroes” or “Surprises”, etc.

Towards the end of the day parents came to pick up their children. First Spencer and Cameron, then Chelsea and Megan, then Megan C, Danny and Sara, Larissa, and Preston. Raymond and his older sister Rachel were the only ones remaining.

Sarah went back to the main office at the daycare and Amanda and I took the kids outside. It was too nice a day to remain indoors and at the time Catamount had a really nice playground. (The school is now closed and is up for bids to prospective buyers) We played rounds of hide and seek, I pushed the kids on the tire swing and eventually we rounded off the day sitting in the large tire hammock.

"So how did you end up with this job?" Amanda asked, casually. It was the first time we had to talk all afternoon.

"I chose it," I replied, honestly but humbled. "I've always wanted to work with kids...although I don't think I'm very good at it."

"No one starts off perfect," Pam told me. "Next time the kids take too long in the shower and they don't come out, just turn the water off and kind of guide them out."

I was glad she wasn't upset with me. More to the point she was willing to offer me advice on how to do a better job. As the days went on, I slowly lost the nervous feeling and it was replaced by something else...confidence.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)