The trials of finding a babysitter

Posted on: October 21, 2011

Tonight we’re going to see a show with some friends so, naturally, we have a babysitter coming over.  Normally, this isn’t a problem.  I make a phone call or two and am able to find a sitter without much trouble.  This time, not so much.  I’m not sure what is so special about October 21, 2011 that makes every babysitter known to man unavailable, but apparently it’s something.  It was quite an adventure trying to find someone. 

My first call usually goes to one of my girlfriends.  However, they are going out with us tonight so that wasn’t an option.  My  second option is normally to ask someone from church.  Well, tonight is our church’s Fall Children’s outreach, so everyone I would ask from church will be there.  This puts me in a hard situation because between church friends and my girlfriends, that’s about 7 or 8 people who are my “normal” sitters who my son is used to.  Now I’m in a position where I have to ask someone who he is not as familiar with and since he’s now in the “mommy don’t leave me phase”, this could prove a little tricky.  So, here comes some creative thinking… 

I decided my next option was to ask co-workers.  Co-worker number 1 = not available   *sigh* REALLY?  Next, I asked the parent of one of the children I teach in my CYT classes.  Also not available.  I was ready to give up at this point.  I emailed my friends and told them I probably wouldn’t be able to go out with them.  I tried to think of more people at work I could ask and came up blank.  I unhappily resigned myself to the fact that we would not be going out tonight because there was just NO ONE to babysit.

Then, she walked into the room….(cue dramatic cheesy music here).  AHA!  I could ask my friend Kristen from work.  This seemed promising. I was filled with hope as I asked her if she was available.  She said most likely but she wasn’t 100% sure.  She had another event that hadn’t been finalized yet and wasn’t sure if it would be on the 21st or not.  I awaited her answer very impatiently as the next couple days agonizingly went by.  Finally, an answer.  YES!!!  WOOHOO!!  I danced a jig when I found out because I was so happy (well, not really… but I could have)!  Thank God for Kristen!

Here’s to hoping this was a one time deal.  I don’t want to have to go through that again!

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