My babysitter is having panic attacks.
Her father had a small heart attack (he’s okay but needs to make major life changes like cutting out 3 packs of cigarettes a day). But as a result my sitter is melting down.
She’s on Xanax. She’s can’t work. She doesn’t know when she’ll be back.
These are clearly not good attributes in a child care provider.
It’s not that I don’t have compassion for her situation. I really do. I’m the queen of feeling bad for people. On my plane to New Orleans the guy next to me asked if I’d mind switching seats so he could sit next to his girlfriend.
Of course! No problem! I’d love to!
But then I found out it meant me giving up my WINDOW seat for her MIDDLE seat.
The girlfriend even tried to convince me by explaining that the people sitting on her right and left were very small people.
Unless they were the size of Barbie dolls, I wasn’t really interested. Plus I was in the exit row which meant, of course, the other passengers thought of me has a leader in the event of an emergency landing. How did I know she could even handle the responsibility of saving everyone on board?
So I sheepishly said no.
But I felt really about bad about it.
I texted Rick in the hopes he would make me feel better.
Me: The guy next to me wants to sit next to his girlfriend. But I don’t want to give up my window seat for a middle one. Should I feel bad?
Rick: Not at all. Keep the window seat.
Me: Would you switch seats?
Rick: I totally would. But you don’t need to.
Okay, that didn’t really work. I kept my window seat but couldn’t enjoy it as much because clearly I was ripping this beautiful couple apart. They are probably in couples therapy as you read this.
Meanwhile – I really love my sitter and want her to recover but it’s crazy chaos over here. I’m overwhelmed on a good day. I need some mother f*ckin back-up.
So I’m once again interviewing potential Babysitters/Mother Helper’s/Save Me From My Children types.
I hope I have some good karma out there. You know, the kind of karma you get by giving up your airplane seat so a lovely couple can be together.
mama bird notes:
I’m over at The Mouthy Housewives today with advice on what to do when your family and friends won’t stop bugging you about your plans to get pregnant. Plus, we are having an awesome giveaway!!