I babysat for one of my doctors last night.
It’s been a while since I’ve babysat anyone, but it’s not really something one forgets how to do. I think, for privacy reasons, I will not get very detailed, but the particular children I was babysitting were a beautiful set of twins. Honestly, the most charming, sweet, intelligent, gorgeous set of twins I’ve ever met. I think to myself while I’m watching these kids, that I want to get to see them every day. I want these kids to be a part of my life. I remember why I enjoy babysitting so very much. I so dearly want to have kids of my own… babysitting is sort of like borrowed time.
Watching the way these twins interacted was endlessly fascinating for me. The way they would talk to me, and each other, and how the other twin was so very much a part of who they were – what they did. When I put them to bed, one of them would console the other about the fact that mommy and daddy didn’t tuck them in. I stood outside the door listening to make sure they were going to sleep, and I had a little tear in my eye.
“I want my mommy,” said E.
“It’s ok E, they be back,” D told him.
“I want mommy and daddy to tuck us in,” E replied.
“E, Mannny gave you hugs and kisses. It’s ok!” D said.
I should probably point out that these twins are just about a month short of three… and easily the smartest kids I have ever had the privilege of caring for. It strikes you for a second that, even when you’re not around, they still talk to each other the same way they talk to you. I think, how lucky they are to always have each other. How amazing.
At the end of the night, I was paid. I hate the money side of things, so when it was handed to me, I just put it in my pocket. When I got home, I noticed it was forty (40!) dollars.
2 kids + 4 hours = 40 dollars? Since when do people get 10 bucks an hour to babysit?!
I can’t accept that. I have a hard time taking 5 bucks an hour to watch kids. Especially kids as wonderful as these. So, on Monday, I’m going to tell the doc that the next time I babysit, it will be on me.