I worked all day today… 9-5. May I point out that it is Saturday? And that I had already worked all week?
Oh right … sorry, had 2 days off… but you get my drift yeah?
I had a bit of a frantic phone call from my agent on Friday… “Can you baby sit tomorrow?” And she gave named an extortionate figure… Bearing in mind I am already booked to sit on 2 babies tonight, in 40mins to be precise…
Anyway, I hemmed and hawed about it and said yes. Largely because it is a deserving case… Oh yeah, and the extortionate dollars!
Rev is a foster child, aged 7 and a member of a family of 7. And by that I mean 7 kids, 4 girls and 3 boys. He is the youngest but one. For whatever reason his parents aren’t around and he and his brother are being raised by their aunt and uncle. He also is a child with that awkward title of ADD…
Children’s Services pays for a day off here and there in the way of respite for the parents and a “big day out” for the kids. So I was charged with picking him up and showing him a good time for 8 hours.
How hard can it be right? Especially with a $50.00 allowance.
Rev’s big dream for the day was to go to the mall!!! We hit the toy departments of Target, Big W and David Jones, spent considerable time on the demo Game Cubes and X Boxes (free entertainment – woo hoo) then went to the movies to see “The Incredibles” (By the way …What happend to adults at kids prices??? By the time that we had drinks and corn $35.00 was gone!!!). Lunch at KFC and a visit to swim at Manly Beach where he terrorised the general populace, including an older middle european woman who insisted on coming and taking it out on me! What could I say???? I nodded and smiled and apologised… And Rev and me laughed about it on the way back to the car.
The final stop was Video Ezy and a movie at house of dee … Seems like movies are his favourite thing, and who am I to argue right? Especially as by this time I was wrecked…
Oh, I forgot to mention the 20 minute trip to the aquarium… Cost – ridiculous … value zero… seen one fish apparently? Seen them all!!! Even if they look like Dory and Nemo!
So, as the day closed Rev asked if I could come back next weekend… and the one after that… so I think I was a bit of a hit… I mean, anyone would have been for an attention starved individual like Rev. Heartbreaking really. To be in it for the money seems a bit mercenary, especially when I was doing things I secretly wanted to do with the perfect excuse!!!
I’ll offer to do it again though… all drama aside it was a cool day.
By the way, Smudgie? I think I’d be up for Tiddles and Smudgelet after all… (So long as we go do coffee at Shanklin Chine too)