Good luck struck again and I scored two free tickets to a private showing of the new documentary, Babies. I heard about this movie awhile back and have been dying to see it ever since I saw the trailer. Anyway, the showing is tomorrow night. And since I won the tickets a few days ago, I have been trying to find a sitter so both Billy and I can go. To no avail.
Here's the thing: I'm not upset, or even surprised, that I can't find a sitter. When I had kids, I didn't expect to be able to go out whenever I wanted. That's part of the parenting deal, in my opinion. My problem is that the rest of the world - all those people who have not had to find someone they trust with their offspring's well being - thinks that it's easy to just hire a sitter. In a sense it is. I'm sure I could just pull some poor slob off the street, throw $30-$50 at him/her and be on my way. But I'd like to think I'm a little more selective than that. And many people think that if you have family and friends close by that its sooo easy to find a sitter. The fact of the matter is, family and friends - even paid help - all have lives, as they well should. Just because they are close doesn't mean they are free, even if you're willing to coax them with free food, untaxed income and lots of love from snugly pug. And its not like I can have a babysitter on retainer and whenever I need her she has to come over. If only! Alas, our world does not work this way. In the meantime, I will just roll my eyes when someone says, "can't you just hire a sitter??"