Joybubbles tells the story of a time that he went to a hotel in his own city while living in Memphis, Tennessee. He had always loved swimming pools, so he was in the habit of going to hotels just to use the pool all day. One weekend, he begins splashing and playing in the pool with a group of children. They play in the pool for practically the entire weekend, from the moment the pool opens until it closes each day.
He gets out of the pool on the last day, and he is approached by a woman named Ruth. Ruth tells him that she had come to the hotel with the intention of committing suicide following the death of her husband. But from her room she saw Joybubbles playing with the kids in the pool, and was so moved by it that she decided not to go through with the suicide, and choose life instead.