I'm house-sitting and watching Chrissy's kids while she and her new husband honeymoon somewhere in Europe. I just have the kids Wednesday and Thursday night, and she did everything she could possibly do ahead of time, to make my life easier.
I was quite honored she asked me to watch the kids. I'm not exactly the first person* people think of when they think about child care (shocking, I know).
Everything was freaking fine, until the three of us got in the car to leave for school - and my car wouldn't start. We pivoted quickly, moved to Chrissy's SUV, and got them to school only 4 minutes later than planned. I was impressed, considering we had to move their booster seats, find keys, and I had to figure out the new car.
As I waited for my battery to be replaced, it occurred to me this could have been much more stressful. So I'm quite grateful that...
• We slept at their house and not mine, where a second car would not have been so readily available.
• My friend's kids are nosy and look where they shouldn't, which is why they knew where to find the keys for that vehicle.
• My car died while everyone was safely in the house.
• I, at some point, thought to put my roadside assistance service membership on auto-renewal, so I had someone to call for help.
• That I came to the same place to replace my battery, and they keep good records. My battery was under warranty.
*I wasn't her first thought, either. I am very touched to even be on the list.