Libby the Lifeguard

“Be very careful swimming in the lake today,” Libby the Lifeguard called out to a group of teens, who just walked up to the water’s edge. “The waves are pretty choppy from the storm we just had.”

“I know how to swim,” said Lil’ Rebel, one of the teens.

“That maybe true,” said Libby. “However, there were a group of older gentlemen out there about an hour ago. They ended up coming out because of the waves.”

“I can out swim any wave any day of the week,” said Lil’ Rebel, defiantly.

“Just be careful,” warned Libby.

Something told Libby to keep a close eye on Lil’ Rebel. She got down from her post and stood at the edge of the water, life ring under one arm and eyes glued to Lil’ Rebel.

“Look at her,” pointed Lil’ Rebel to her friend, Jeannie. “It appears the lifeguard doesn’t trust me.”

“You should be careful though,” said Jeannie, swimming beside Lil’ Rebel. “Those waves are pretty choppy out here.”

“Nonsense,” said Lil’ Rebel. “I’m going out further.”

“I wouldn’t if I were you,” warned Jeannie.

Lil’ Rebel didn’t listen. Libby, who still had her eyes glued to Lil’ Rebel, saw a huge wave come up just behind her. Lil’ Rebel was swimming right into it’s path.

Libby ran into the water after her. Jeannie saw Libby and knew Lil’ Rebel was in trouble. She was going to swim to where she was.

“Stay there!” warned Libby to Jeannie. “I don’t need two of you in trouble.”

Jeannie watched horrified as the big waves overtook Lil’ Rebel.

“Help!” Lil’ Rebel screamed. “Help me!”

Libby heard the screams and saw Lil’ Rebel’s head pop out of the water. She threw her life ring to her. She missed the first throw but luckily Lil’ Rebel caught it on the second one.

“Thank you so much,” said Lil’ Rebel, once everyone was safe and on dry ground. “You just saved my life!”

“I am sure I don’t have to give you any lectures on doing that again,” said Libby, sternly.

“No,” said Lil’ Rebel, humbly. “You definitely don’t. I learned my lesson. I also want to apologize to you for the way I treated you earlier.”

“I accept your apology,” said Libby.

Lil’ Rebel didn’t go swimming for a long time after that day and when she did, she had a new respect for Libby and all other lifeguards.


Moral of this Story:

  • Always listen to a lifeguard.
  • Example: When Lil’ Rebel went swimming with her friend, Jeannie, she did not listen to Libby the Lifeguard. Libby the Lifeguard saved Lil’ Rebel from drowning.

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