There are plenty of summer jobs for young people in Massachusetts that feel ripped from a storybook version of adolescence, the gigs that adults can look at, feel the wash of nostalgia, and think. “Kid, you’ve got it good.”
The lifeguards and the ice cream scoopers. The Fenway ball boys and the kid who calls out the numbers on hot dog orders at Sullivan’s on Castle Island. The camp counselors and the teenager who tells you it’s your turn to go down the water slide.
Then there is the one that feels like you are actually in a storybook, the ultimate “no way” job.
“That’s what everyone says when I tell them where I work,” said Patrick Walsh, who, at age 22, is in his seventh summer pedaling a Swan Boat.
The lagoon at the Boston Public Garden, where the Mallard family settles in Robert McCloskey’s beloved 1941 children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings,” is a spot where fiction and reality nestle to create a warm cuddly space in the New England psyche.
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