I heard my phone ring insistently on Sunday (!). It was the mom of a child in the kids' class inviting the kids to a party.
The kids had a playdate there before and they've been here twice.
She said she'd pick them up at 11.50, take them to the Spur and bring them back by 3.
No problem, I said.
So I asked Nanny S to tell me when they were fetched (12.29) and when they were returned.
I had meetings this afternoon so I checked at home and they were not home by 4. I kept checking and then D and I left work at 4.50. I phoned Nanny S once more to check - kids still not home, phoned her, no answer - went to voicemail so I left a (stern for me) message saying I am worried about the kids and please to phone me ASAP.
I was all for driving straight to the Spur but D reminded me that there'd be no-one home in case they came.
So he dropped me, and then went to look for them.
Of course 5 minutes later they arrived - 5.54 pm. This from a 3pm end to a party.
|pic by Connor, cropped by me|
I was very cross (this is an understatement) but I didn't chat much because I wanted to get rid of her.
That is the last time I let them be fetched by her... obviously.
I wouldn't have minded if she'd sent an SMS to say they were still there. Also Nanny S could have left at 4 and had an early day if we knew.
I understand some people are different from me, but 3 hours later than the end time! I would have let the other mother know if we were just 30 minutes late.
When they arrived home, they rushed to the kitchen for water. I asked them: "why are you so thirsty? Didn't you have any water today?"
No, we only had creme soda.
There we have it - the babies' first taste of creme soda at 6 days to 6 years old!
When did your kids have any soda for the first time?
Do you think I'm overreacting about the mom?