Did you have a summer job when you were in high school or college? I'll bet you remember it like you remember the layout of the house you grew up in. Summer jobs are a great place to grow up. I've shared stories on this blog about my four summers working at a local amusement park that became the Starlight Point of my Heartwarming series--which is currently stretching to five books! I can't wait to share the cover for book four (releasing this October) as soon as I see it. The first three books always take me back to the summer I was eighteen.
Recently, I've been thinking about summer jobs because my oldest son is out there applying for
summer work. One day last week, he dressed up and hit the road. He came home after filling out three applications and completing one interview. Luckily for him, he's confident and well-spoken so I didn't have to coach him about the interview. He's hoping for the job at a local resort that offers fun in the sun with a marina, golf course, and beach. There are also frequent weddings at this resort, and I've already instructed him to report any and all wedding details to his mother who will use them in her novels. Is that wrong? Of course I'm a terrible eavesdropper and voyeur, but I guess it's crossing a line to recruit my children.
What fun summer jobs did you have back when you were a teenager? Did you make lifelong friends, learn life skills, and make minimum wage? Back when I was in college, minimum wage was around $3.00, but I earned a staggering $6.00 an hour during my four summers at the amusement park. More than that, I had fun, gained independence, and used the experience as inspiration for my writing.
Thanks for sharing a fun story of a summer job, experience, or paycheck. Let's all think summer!