Last summer I worked at a summer camp, doing basically everything. I lifeguarded, cooked, cleaned, helped with the zipline, and did any other random task assigned to me. Because of this I got to be everywhere. One day a kid even called me “the girl from everywhere” after I was at the paddle boat station when he went boating, I helped him harness at the zipline, and I watched him swim while lifeguarding. Being everywhere I started to notice certain kids. One camp came through and I noticed that this one guy always wore this awesome hat everywhere he went. I had a great prank idea, and soon got all my friends in on it. It was to complement him on his hat anywhere we happened to run into him.
For the sake of simplifying things I am going to call the guy with the hat “John” for the rest of this story. When it was time for lunch, John came into the cafeteria with the flood of other kids coming in, but he clearly stood out because of his neon, orange, flat billed, and indescribably, awesome, hat. The kids all filed into lines to come get food. I just so happened to be working in the cafeteria so when John grabbed his plate, I said “nice hat!” he said “thanks!” That same meal I got multiple members of the staff to complement him on his hat. He was a bit confused. I think the first 2 or 3 times, he thought people just happened to like his hat, but when it continued he didn’t know what was going on. Throughout the week I complemented him on his hat every single time I saw him, which was pretty frequently. Other people did two but I outdid them all probably mentioning his hat 3 or 4 times a day. He began to predict that I would complement his hat and I saw him pointing at me and talking to some friends. When he came though the line and got his food, along with a complement from me, his friends snickered.
On one of the last days of camp as I was sitting under a tree relaxing, I noticed that John and a group of his friends were coming towards me. “Oh No” I thought, “This is gonna be funny.” They all walked up and John desperately and impatiently asked “What is wrong with my hat?!” I replied “Nothing, I genuinely like your hat! I just noticed it, and told my friends to complement you on it. I thought it would be funny.” John seemed relieved and like he thought that was pretty funny.
It is so much fun to goof off with people you don’t know well, and be as crazy as you like. Maybe that’s why summer camp is so awesome! For more stories about me and people I know check my blog every day for a new story.