“I was a Duck Boat guide for over two years. I needed a part-time job to get through college. I thought it would be a fun job because I love Mobile. I called the number and they took a chance on me. I thought I knew about the city until I started researching and learning the depth we have here. There was always something new to learn and I started writing the tours. I am a Type A person but learned to take things as they come. A train on the track or rerouting. I used to be closed off in my shell, but I opened up to the people on the boat and fit the tour the personalities in front of me. I never knew I could write jokes, but they started flowing out of me. I love making people laugh. This is the best job I have ever had and I am heartbroken it is ending. Some days were 15 hours of back to back tours, but it was so rewarding. When one door closes, another door opens.
I will be working at Sylvia’s restaurant after this. I am thankful they gave me a job. I graduated in marine biology this summer. I am interested in coastal conservation and want to get my masters degree and work on cleaning up the planet one coast at a time.”
(This week is a series on Our Southern Souls about the people behind the name tags, counters, microphones, and visors. The ones who serve us, check us out and help meet our needs. Each has suffering and struggles, dreams and fears. Behind that person is history and mystery that you may never know, but each one is worth paying attention to and learning a little more.)