I have a babysitting gig tonight.
I was doing a quick scroll on Facebook (that’s about all I can handle on FB) and noticed my neighbor two doors up looking for a last-minute sitter since the scheduled sitter has come down sick. It’s my neighbors anniversary and apparently the reservations have been made for months. This is a newish neighbor; they moved in last May in the middle of pandemic and I don’t know them terribly well, but I thought “what the heck… I don’t have any plans on Friday night” and volunteered.
The last time I did any child-minding was two Easters ago. As part of the most over-engineered-egg-hunt in history, adults go out and hide the eggs for one assigned child (13 kids 13 and under). Normally I am part of the egg-hiding crowd but that year there was snow on the ground and I was the lone voice of reason that maybe we should do something different. So I rebelled and stayed with the kids in the house while all the other adults traipsed out. Big jokes were made about whether I could handle this. I told all the kids that as long as there was no bleeding, we would be fine. The kids thought this was very funny and it’s still a running joke; I expect to hear that no one is bleeding on Thanksgiving.,
My neighbor is not a baker so I thought I might take some cookie dough to their house and bake cookies with the girls. Or maybe we could make caramel popcorn to have if we watch tv. Other than that no plans; I’m assuming from their ages (5 and 8) that they will be in bed before their folks get home, so a good book is on the docket a well. YA thinks I’m in for a hard evening despite me reminding her that I was HER babysitter for years and she’s not bleeding.
Any advice for tonight?