Friday, September 17, 2010

Want to get a babysitter so we can....

Just in case there are any of you out there who haven't had kids yet, I wanted to relate this conversation that I had with another mom today.

She was talking about how she's dropping her year and a half old son off at daycare twice a week, and how it's very exciting because one of those days is going to be "just for her." She felt guilty though, because it seemed unfair to her to drop her son off with strangers so that she could live it up without him. The thing that she did while he was in daycare? The fantastically fun thing that she was so guilt ridden about? The thing that she described as her "best day ever?"

Going with her husband to the Secretary of State's Office so that he could renew his driver's license. One blissful half hour in the waiting room of the DMV, where she could sit peacefully and knit while her husband read a new book that he'd been looking forward to. Incidentally this was also the special thing that they did together to celebrate his birthday.

Which of course prompted me to tell the story of how Manimal and I had recently had to hire a babysitter so that we could go to our insurance agent's office to get a new quote on our home owner's insurance, and how it just felt so great to relax and have a conversation with another grown-up without having to worry about my kids.

Then she told me about an a day when she was at her wits end and consoled herself with the thought that no matter how rotten her kid was being at that moment, that she would get some time to herself when she went to her dentist's appointment that afternoon.

This is what passes for fun in the world of parents with children under four. Renewing your driver's license, getting quotes on new insurance policies and having your teeth cleaned. Whoo hoo! We're living it up now! animal.

PS...Don't forget that Talk Like A Pirate Day is only two days away.

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RH said...

You always make parenting sound like so much fun! I haven't been to the dentist in like 15 years, and I think I am still sure that I'd pick tantrum-ragnarson over a teeth cleaning any day.

Kola said...

Hey its good to have a babysitter, but it is better if you yourself become a babysitter for your baby. You can take care of your baby more carefully.

Anonymous said...

Ragnar - Have you seen this?

Can you make it by tomorrow?!!!??!?

Or are you, in fact, the designer?

Argh, Maytee, have yerself a fine day on Sunday.

X O Irene (peeking a bit early...)

Anonymous said...

Oooops - that would be "peaking" too early.

How very embarrassing... IB

Ragnar said...

Irene: That has long been on my "to knit" list. I don't think I can pop it out by tomorrow though...if I do ever get it knitted maybe I'll teach a class!

Obsidian Kitten said...

It's all I can do to feed the cat and myself. Thank God the spouse can cook.

Obsidiankitten--even more committed to never having children.