There's little comfort...
in the realization that I am as good a babysitter now as when I was a teenager. I was a terrible babysitter. My mother became tired of having to 'rescue' me and advised that I get out of the business. (The deciding event being my calling for help when I was trying to subdue a very hefty naked toddler so that I could pin on a cloth diaper. As with most things, practice makes perfect. By the time I was finished with the diaper business in my house, I could securely pin a double diaper in the dark while half asleep. But when I was 14 my prospects did not appear to be good.)
I babysat Lily and Maddie yesterday. It went well - since two of the girls were home to help me - with Eddie, Chuck, and Grandpa passing through intermittently. "Ransom of Red Chief" time. Seriously, folks: I don't know how grandparents are able to rise to a difficult occasion and raise their own grandchildren. I suppose the skills can be revived. But I sure wasn't able to find the lady who was able to talk on the phone, watch a toddler, and make tofu cookies with one hand while carrying a baby in a sling. I think she's gone; the flummoxed teenager has returned.
[Oh, and we found out the hard way that Lily is terrified by Eddie's remote controlled helicopter. We thought she might find it amusing. She didn't.]
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