This morning I told Amie L would come and play with her while Mama also went to office. L iz her favorite assistant at daycare and the only one to have babysat her, onceÂ before.
She cried for a minute and asked me to stay. I said I could stay a little bit. She asked could I stay a more bit, a much bit? I promised half an hour, which she considered and then approved, though she wasn’t convinced. It didn’t matter. L came in at 9 and Amie was so excited to see her he jumped and chattered nonstop, showing L all her toys. She even asked me to leave, already, for office!
It was almost guilt free.
I left after the promised half hour and risked life and limb on the slippery sidewalks.Â Potential ambulance ride andÂ trip to the ER: $1000.
I did spend some time (15 minutes)Â browsing at our local independent bookstore, the Booksmith. Babysitter while I “relaxed”: $4.
I made it to Peets unharmed, where I purchased a scone and a latte to justify my presence there: $4.64. (If the babysitting doesn’t bankrupt us, Peets will.)
4 hours of babysitting at $15: worth it, because of the other side of the ledger.
- 4Â hours of solid work on the novel – which, you know, will be the next bestseller, and let’s not forget the movie rights!
- 4 hours of unadulterated funÂ for Amie.
When I returned home with lunch for everyone, L had even done the dishes. She did this the first time she came, and I had reminded myself to absolutely forbid her to do it again – for of course we had dishes! But I forgot in the whirl of leave taking and kisses and searching for cell phone and gloves.
So, yes: not wholly guiltess, but so worth it!
Sinterklaas, you ask? It didn’t happen. Amie’s cold was much worse yesterday – one kid’s runny nose, you know,Â is Amie’s bronchitis. She was also disappointed. Sinterklaas comes to New England only one day a year. She will have to make do with Santa Claus, who – in all honesty and with my apologies to the Americans – is a sorry excuse for Sinterklaas! (You can read more aboutÂ that here.) Next year…