Tara misses her big brother. She says things are too quiet around here without him. After he completes his first year of college, he’ll come home for his fourth summer working as a life guard and swim instructor at a local camp.
According to Tara, if her brother saves someone at the camp he will be a hero. “And then he’ll get lots of gift baskets and stuff. Unless the person is mean. Then he’ll only get a $2 mini-muffin basket. But they won’t be mean, will they?”
I tell her that if he were put to the test, I’m sure he’d pull that drowning kid out of the water without any thought of a reward. He’s certainly not mean and he’s also fully capable of doing what has to be done. But for the other kid’s sake, I hope he won’t have to prove himself. Afterall, he already has one of the best rewards around: his little sister’s admiration.