Making $$$ to Spend €€€!

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Monday, September 3, 2012

WARNING: This blog post has nothing to do with Spain.

It has everything to do with my summer job. What do I do? You may ask… Its actually pretty interesting, I paint faces (as well as airbrush tattoos and hair wraps) for a company called Life's A Beach, in a little amusement park called Dutch Wonderland

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes when things are familiar to you, they don’t strike you as strange, but let’s be honest here: Dutch WONDERLAND? Anyone who lives in Lancaster County know that the Pennsylvania "Deutch" shun anything that seems like a wonderland, and they are definitely not Dutch, they are German.

So anyway, I get up every day and put on my horrendously long and unflattering khaki Bermuda shorts and my salmon colored polo. I slide on my sneakers, slide my only accessory, a belt, on my shorts, and then pin my nametag in place. Off to Dutch Wonderland to make children’s dreams come true!

Every day is different. When it’s busy you can paint faces for three hours straight with no break, but when it’s slow you can paint your own face into something more exciting.

Every day has a theme face. There’s no way of prediction the theme face for the day, but without fail, children will ask for identical faces on any particular day. Yesterday’s face was the princess. The day before that was the Rainbow Butterfly. Before that, the Web Slinger (ie, Spiderman, but without the legal copyright).

I have my own little routine when I paint faces, and I always start by asking the child’s name and age. Usually this stems into a conversation with their parents… which I have found is the most rewarding part of my job.

You really do meet the coolest people when you paint faces 

FIVE COOLEST PEOPLE I HAVE MET:

5) The OB-GYN who was half-Czechoslovakian, and had two daughters named Lauren and Julie (coincidence: My own name and my best friends name.)

4) The Mother from Baltimore who explained that it is less expensive to adopt a child from India than it was from Russia… she had the most adorable 4 year old girl in the world.

2 & 3) The Dad who talked to his little boy in Spanish with a French accent… He was from Montreal and found the love of his life in York, PA… his wife was from Columbia. The little boys were trilingual, and not even in pre-school!

1) The Mom from New Jersey who came on vacation to Lancaster County to play with the cats at the Bed and Breakfast where she stayed. She is by far the coolest because she tipped me $20 for a hair wrap.

Although at first glance, face painting and hair wrapping might not seem too difficult… but it can be very strenuous. Appearances are deceptive! But even though the days get long, and I feel like I am developing carpal tunnel syndrome, I think it’s worth it. 

That said, I’m excited for my last day, because a last day means a new first day… a first day in Spain!
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