So for the past, I dunno… while? Adam and I have been babysitting for some friends (a married couple with a 7 week old and a 2 year old). Their schedule has been pretty hectic, but so has Adam’s.
It basically goes like this: The wife goes to work, the husband stays home. The wife comes home, the husband goes to work. The husband comes home, the wife goes to work… You get the idea.
Well lately, the husband has been on an overlapping schedule, meaning they needed a sitter. Well, sitters are expensive, so Adam volunteered. He has this bad habit of always saying yes to his friends even when it is really inconvenient to himself. So then Adam’s schedule was like this: Wake up at 6am, go to work, get off at 8pm, go straight to friends’ house to babysit, come home at 1am, sleep, get up at 6am… Pretty crazy…
So I was helping out since it’s not easy watching an infant and a toddler by yourself. In the beginning, they said they were going to pay us. Adam was against this as it was just a favor for them because they were desperate. Then, it turned out they needed us a lot more than they thought (the crazy schedule that was only supposed to last a week got extended). So Adam started to want something to pay for what was practically a part time job. I personally felt like I shouldn’t even have been involved with payment because they didn’t ask me to come over and help. Adam did because he said he needed it (or that it would at least make things easier and more pleasant for the kids).
So, as means of payment, the couple suggests they buy us a phone. Adam declined, though, saying he had one. They suggested he give it to me, that way they could call whenever they needed an emergency sitter or something. I said no thank you (I felt weird about it). Well yesterday, the husband showed up with a phone. O.o
I thought this whole situation was really strange. I mean, in the long run, it’s a great deal. They are going to leave it on indefinitely while this babysitting every day thing is only going to last a short while. On the other hand, Adam and I straight up told them no thank you. He had wanted to split whatever they gave him with me, and use his half towards getting his car running again. I just needed to buy a bus pass.
It is a nice phone, though. And it’s nice to have one again, I s’pose.
It just feels awkward. .-.