Last Saturday I went a little crazy with the Post-Christmas sales. At Joann’s I bought some cheap-o little make your own ornaments, and at Wal-Mart I bought a few turkey magnets to paint. All in all I probably spend about $5 on a bunch of little craft projects for the girls to do next year, not a lot of money, but quite a few projects.
|My (failed) attempt at a group shot… Usually I pixelate the kids, but I don’t think you can see any of them well enough to worry about it.|
When I got home, I realized with some sadness that its a very real possibility I won’t be watching them next year. Perhaps buying art projects was a little presumptuous. I would LOVE to be watching them next year (and the next, and the next, etc.) but I have little to no control over that. Any number of things could happen, they could move away, or find cheaper care elsewhere (I don’t think I overcharge, but then I have never really looked into it, I mostly just charge what I need to make to pay the bills and have a little left over). One of the parents could quit, or lose their job. I am just a baby-sitter, and as Michael has pointed out many times, once they are to old to need a baby-sitter I will probably never see them again. They probably won’t even remember me.
|See, we have SO much fun!|
Thinking about it makes me sad. The kids I baby-sit are huge part of my life, and the thought of not seeing them ever again is kind of painful. But someday it will happen, and there is nothing I can do about it. I consider myself SO blessed to have such wonderful kids in my life, and get to have a houseful of kids even though I don’t have any of my own, but as they say, all good things come to an end.
I have been watching the girls for about 2 years now, and Cooper for practically his whole life (he is nine months old LOL), and I will probably be watching them until they start school. So most likely they will get to use the projects I got them. But I almost wish I hadn’t bought them, because it reminded me that someday I will have to miss them 😦
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