Eileen – Chapter 5 – Rings and Things – Part 1

Eileen works Thursday and Fridays.

It was Thursday night and Eileen had a test at Drexel so she said she wouldn’t be able to come in until 5:30. I was fine with that because even if it got busy I could handle it.

It did get a little crazy between 4 and 5 but like I said, I’m accustomed to being by myself and running around doing it all. I was happy when I saw Eileen appear. She approached the counter.

“Go put the towels in the dryer.”

Realizing the place was swinging, she sprung into action.

A few minutes later when we got caught up, I came back to the counter after clean a few of the beds.

“Hi Eileen. Busy tonight. How was your test?”

“Good. Can’t wait for Spring Break.”

“I can imagine.”

I am so grateful to have found some solid help for our busy season. Amelia and Eileen are truly a blessing. I really like them both.

I try to keep Eileen working primarily on the register. She needs to learn the system and the different transactions. Once I get these girls fully trained I can get them scheduled on some Saturdays so Achilles and I can finally get some time off.

The night is going well and we’re busy. At one point this woman who had been sitting in the waiting area approached the counter.

“Hey guys, it’s been awhile and I just wanted to check how much longer it will be.”

We ask her name and find out that someone is already tanning under her name in room 9. So that’s weird.

I immediately rectify the situation by sending her to one of the premium beds under the house account.

Later, when the woman who went into 9 comes out we tell her what happened, she tells us she thought she heard her name called by Eileen and just went to 9.

It was so busy and there’s so many people coming and going at the salon, it’s hard to keep track of everybody. Plus, Eileen is new and doesn’t know anybody yet. For all she knew the woman who tanned in 9 was the right person.

The woman was apologetic and we told her things happen and not to worry about it. We all had a laugh and I went back to clean the bed in room 9. But when I got there I noticed the little sign we put on the bed that says it’s been sanitized was missing.

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Did the lady that was in here steal someone else’s tanning session and our little sign?

Weird. I looked all over the room for it but couldn’t come up with it. I go back up to the counter and tell Eileen, but we’re too busy to worry about it now.

As the night goes on Eileen and I are chatting when the crowd slows down. I see that she’s been texting a lot (Which I don’t like at work) but I don’t really mind. She says she’s texting her boyfriend back at home and that they’re having a “jiffy.” (Which is her word for a spat)

“What can you possibly fight about when you’re not even together?”

“Just stupid stuff. I think we both get frustrated that we have to be apart for long periods of time.”

“You’re going to see him in three days.”

“I know I’m so excited. It’ll be fine once we’re together.”

“I’m sure it will be. You’ll get to be with your man every day for a whole week.”

“I know. It’ll be great. He’s the first boy I ever kissed and fell in love with. We’re going to get married when I graduate college before I go to law school. I have everything I want for my wedding on Pinterest. I even know what kind of ring I want. (Whips out phone and shows me photos of diamond rings) You’re invited to the wedding.”

I think all of this teenage love stuff is absolutely adorable. I’m rooting for these kids. I imagine young Danny going to automotive school to become a mechanic. He met the sweet raven haired doll in high school. They fall in love. Lots of making out and dates. Then he finally relieves Eileen of her virginity and the die is cast.

I hope the relationship survives. Four years at Drexel is a long time in a young woman’s life. The college years are critical. She’s only 18 years old. I’ve seen pictures of this guy, Eileen is clearly the prize. If she meets someone else or if he gets tired of waiting and hooks up with some of the local talent out in St Louis, the relationship will be devastatingly destroyed.

I don’t meet many 18-year-old girls, but I remember little Haley when she worked here. She had a boyfriend. When I asked her about when she was supposed to go off to college in Hawaii how it would affect her relationship.

“I’m not sticking around here for some boy. I want to go to medical school.”

Even my daughter Lorelei doesn’t think about marriage. She’s been in a relationship with her boyfriend for three years. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t want kids either. (Huge savings there) But I picture Eileen and Daniel married when she’s 22 years old. Does he get her pregnant after she finishes law school or during? Probably after. Law school’s another four years so she’ll still only be like 26 years old.

I’ve never met a teenager that was so set on getting married to the first guy she ever fell in love with. Usually young women burn through a few guys to find what works for them. Or at least find out what they don’t want in a man. But maybe Eileen has hit the lottery right out of the gate.

Can you imagine that? Meeting someone as a teenager and marrying them and it actually working? I would never let my teenage self make a decision for my adult self. (I wouldn’t even let my thirty-five year old self make a life decision for me now!)

Eileen is a bright and beautiful girl. I love working with her. I wish her much happiness and look forward to working with her if she returns every year to work here at the salon.


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