Stephanie ... the Babysitter?

1.08.2014
the new year had me thinking back on years past - how exactly did i spend my new year's eve before i could (legally) celebrate at the bars?  i remember being at my friend jessica's house a couple of years, a few with my parents, and one in particular in college where i kept it quiet so i could tailgate bright and early in orlando, florida for the hawkeyes bowl game.  but what else?  there's been a lot of new years in my 29 years of life, and i only have memories since age 19 and a few smatterings of memories before that.  so i asked my mother.

apparently, i babysat.  yes, the champion queen here of hating all things baby and child care related, used to babysit.  i don't know which is worse, the fact that i actually was responsible, for any period of time, for someone else's spawn or the fact that i don't remember any of it.

sure, i remember watching my friend's siblings a few times.  that hardly counted, they were kids that i knew and were a little older.  and most of the time, my friends were there - they were just going through the dramatic 'just cause i'm oldest doesn't mean i'm your built-in babysitter!' phase.  basically, i got paid to hang out with my friend while her sisters who were old enough to entertain themselves watched television and did homework.  i just had to make sure the four of us didn't set the house on fire.  and when they complained they weren't tired enough to go to bed, i made them run laps around the dining room table til they 'felt tired enough.'  easy peasy.  not real babysitting.  i've always operated under this impression that i've never really babysat for anyone.

this is not the case.  according to my mother, i made mucho dinero by babysitting for families around the neighboorhood, specifically kids right down the street, on holidays.  this was an ideal situation for everyone - i was too young to enjoy things like new year's eve, might as well babysit; the parents could actually celebrate with real champagne and not kid-friendly sparkling grape juice; parents were willing to pay top dollar for a kid willing to babysit on a holiday; and i lived around the corner so no one had to drive me home.  i could see how this was an excellent plan on my part.  i just don't remember any of it.

not. one. bit.

i have no clue who these supposed kids are, i don't remember the houses, i don't remember what we did or how i entertained them, whether we stayed up til midnight or not, and most shockingly for me - i don't remember the money.  me, the girl who used to sell her halloween candy for quarters and could probably tell you 97 other ways i was similarly a childhood cheapskate.  you'd think i'd remember banking big babysitting bucks over the couple dollars i earned making rebecca runs laps around the table.  (she's about to get married, lord i'm old.)

mostly, i attribute this to my disdain for children.  i clearly blocked out all of these memories.  or maybe my mom is just lying to me.  does this kid look like a responsible babysitter to you?!

33 comments:

  1. lol Yes, yes it does. And really it happens, things get covered over and buried in your head and someone tells you something (like my friend Donavan tells me all the time things that happened in school and I am like NO, don't recall that).

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  2. I loved babysitting! I used to make bank, especially on New Years!

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    1. That was seriously the best job in high school! Almost no work, and lots of $$$!

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  3. I figured you blocked it out because you were clearly drunk watching kids all the time ;)
    Alas, I used to watch little hellions and that trek ended real quick. I had some real devil children but the parents claimed they just LOVED me. I'm so glad... Seeing as how they would sneak attack me and tie me up then run rampant thru out the house.

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  4. I think I only babysat once or twice. I work with kids full time and they are still not-my-thing. It's why I drink.

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  5. I babysat a few times and I'm glad I stopped, I think I would dislike kids more if I continued. I'd probably only babysit my nephews, we'll see how that goes when I go to Colorado and am actually put to the test lol!

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  6. I love it! Sadly I do remember my babysitting adventures as a child which consisted of me caring for my younger brother and sister while mum and dad were at work in the afternoons after school....it ended shortly after my brother threw a vacuum cleaner at me one day and a massive hole appeared in my bedroom door.....apparently I wasn't as responsible as my parents thought!

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    1. Well if that isn't a full-proof way to never get entrusted with them again!! I'm actually pretty impressed with your brother's strength there!

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  7. Weirdly I don't think I have ever babysat!

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    1. Or maybe you just blocked it out like I did!

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  8. i have never babysat. in fact, i sort of hated all kids until i got knocked up and had kayla. that's a lie, i still kinda hate all kids except mine. is that weird?

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. I have a feeling that I'll be the same way if I ever have kids - though, it was babysitting all through highschool that led to my hatred of all children I am not related to!

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  9. I hated babysitting, too. I am not a kid person. Weird that you have blocked it though - maybe a kid made a terrible mess that you had to clean up so you've just erased all kid-encounters from your brain. Wish I could do that with a few things...

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  10. WEIRD. I know I babysat a lot but can only remember bits and pieces of it. Like the time two kids tied me up with a chinese jump rope. THE END.

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  11. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure how I used to celebrate NYE either. I've never been a big "let's get drunk on NYE" type of girl so I'm assuming all of mine have been low-key. I know a few years I even went to bed well before midnight.

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  12. hahah no one ever trusted me to watch their kids! you must have had them fooled!

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  13. I used to babysit on NYE too. And all the time - it seriously is the best, and what is better than extra spending ca$h when you're 14 and Limited Too was having a sale?! Nothing!!

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    1. Limited Too!! What a good reference, YES. Yes yes yes.

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  14. Oh my gosh I seriously love this. You always make me laugh :)

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  15. I babysat until my teen years when I turned into a little party animal and nobody trusted me with their kids anymore. Oopsie. I regret nothing.

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  16. I have totally babysat on NYE before for some kids in our neighborhood. One new years eve, I spent babysitting a dog. A DOG!!!! That is right, it was a regular job. Anytime these people left their house without the dog, they would call me to see if I was available to come sit with him so he wasn't alone. Now I love my dogs....but dang! I am NOT paying a babysitter to come sit with them when I am not home. I think they all need their alone time too!

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  17. I babysat, that was my prime source of income until I got a job at Pacific Sunwear in the mall. I remember it, and only one real horror story. And I'm trying to think back, but I don't think I ever did babysit on NYE. I have completely blocked out any memory of working at Aeropostale. Those bitches were crazy and I walked out in the middle of my shift.}

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  18. I seriously have never babysat before! I even would have my mom get a babysitter when I was plenty old enough to watch my younger brother (4 years younger) so I didn't have to! Kids bugged me and honestly still do a little bit. Heck, my own kid bugs me a lot of the time! lol!

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  19. Hahahaha I always love it when my mom tells me a story and I think huh? I should remember that so why don't I? As a person with a kid I can see how beneficial an around the corner babysitter could be!

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  20. "mostly, i attribute this to my disdain for children." Bahahah... I was going to say, it sounds like you're suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ;P

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  21. I still have nightmares from the demon children I've babysat for when I was younger! Maybe you blocked it out b/c it's traumatic.

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  22. After au pairing, I really avoid babysitting at all costs and totally reconsidered ever having children, I totally don't blame you for blocking it out.

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  23. That's hilarious. I babysat a lot when I was younger, too, and reading this post reminded me how little of that I remember. But I DO remember one time when I was waiting tables at a local restaurant and one of the girls I used to babysit started working there as a hostess (you have to be 16 to work there) and I felt very old, very fast. :P

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  24. I used to babysit and remember having to climb through a window because one of the kids locked the other one into the bedroom and it jammed. Fun times I tell ya.

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  25. wait, you sold your Halloween candy?! serial killer.

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  26. haha wow love that you don't even remember this! wonder what you spent your earnings on hmm. weird!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  27. omg, this is hilarious. i love how it's completely erased from your memory! i only babysat once for my neighbor's kids and it was a DISASTER. the kids dyed the carpet with paint, they broke up dried spaghetti all over the house and the baby pooped her pants...and i didn't know what to do. my mom had to come and save me.

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  28. Haha I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks my memory is fading! I babysat allllll the time (heck, I still do sometimes!). The crazy thing I wonder about is the family that let 21 year old me drive their 9 month old to swim class in my old Mustang! I would never!

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