Arya Confused?

, , , | Working | October 7, 2020

I work at a pool as a lifeguard and I have a pretty unique name. It’s not really crazy or weird but unique enough I’m the only one with that name on staff. Recently, my name has become popular and a lot of parents are now naming their children my name. This leads to some confusing moments, but the best involves a girl in diving camp who shares my name. She rarely listens, so they call after her a lot, but this moment took the cake. For the sake of this story, we’ll pretend my name is Arya. 

The girl in question has just wandered off from her group and has walked past me while I’m guarding. I notice her but I assume she has to go to the bathroom. Because I haven’t seen her before, I don’t realize she has the same name as me. When the instructor — my coworker — notices she is gone, he looks up and sees her. 

Coworker: “ARYA!”

Because he has to look in my direction when he’s calling out to her, I think he’s talking to me. 

Me: “Yes?”

Coworker: “ARYA!”

Me: “Yeah, what’s up?” 

Coworker: “ARYA!” 

Me: “Yes, [Coworker]?”

Coworker: “ARYA!”

Me: “WHAT?”

Coworker: “ARYA!”

Me: “[COWORKER], I AM LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU!”

That’s when my coworker realizes I’ve been yelling back to him and starts laughing.

Coworker: “No, not you. Her: the other Arya. She can’t leave yet.”

I then realize what’s been happening and call out after the girl.

Me: “OH! HEY, ME! GET BACK HERE!”

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