One of the drawbacks of my irregular schedule is that I am most often the go-to person for babysitting during the day.
I usually don't mind occasionally chipping in, but there are a lot of times that I am home, yet still working on something -- papers, schedules, advisement, committee crap. However, I am not interested in becoming a regular care-giver with a set schedule. Need someone to watch your son while you get your oil changed? No problem. Want me to keep your daughter for a day because you have a migraine? Sure! Need someone to take your kids three mornings a week from nine to noon? Hell, no.
My only real rule deals with sick kids. NO SICK KIDS. Period. I won't watch 'em. Your kid is sick and you don't want to take the day off? Suck it up,buttercup, because I get grossed out by cleaning up my OWN kids' puke and shit. Plus, Wee Ginge tends to get sick a lot, and I don't need to force-feed her germs.
So when I got a phone call this morning, I was peeved.
"Shay has strep. Can you take her for the day, and run her to the pediatrician for a follow-up this afternoon?"
"Uh, no. I have to run OctoBoy and Ginge to the doctor for flu shits this afternoon, and I have several other errands that have to be done before class tonight. I really don't think I can help today."
"Well, what the Hell am I supposed to do with her? She's too sick to go to school; they won't take her if she has a fever!"
"Well, either you or your husband is going to have to stay home with her. Plus, if she has a fever, she's probably still contagious. No one in my house needs strep right now!"
"He's already left! I'm dressed for work! I really don't want to stay home with a sick kid today!"
"That makes two of us. I'm sorry, but no."
*click* (She hung up on me, for the record.)
Was that out of line?