I recently spent a weekend with the Bumpus family in Columbus, Ohio. The Bumpus’s are good friends of ours and it is not that uncommon for us to stay with friends when we go out of town. What makes this somewhat unusual is that the Bumpus family was one of my first babysitting jobs from my days in college at The Ohio State University. It has been over 10 years since I last watched Wesley and Ethan but we have always remained a part of each others lives since then.
At some point during my stay with the Bumpuses I found myself chasing my three year old son around their kitchen island and was drawn back to a time ten years earlier when I did the same with Wesley when he was just mastering the skill of running.
Now Wes is taller than me, has a brilliant mind, and is winning karate tournaments......a far cry from the little boy that ate lunchables and laughed to tears over peekaboo.
This summer I attended BabysitEase babysitter, Jessica Carter's wedding. While I was at the wedding I met a BabysitEase family- Piyush & Jodie Zaveri- for the first time. We've had a relationship over the phone for years now & the bride had even taken the kids for a week while the Zaveris celebrated an anniversary in Napa. We swapped stories over dinner and I quickly realized that Jessica had become a part of their family like I had become a part of the Bumpus family. It wasn't hard to imagine Jessica visiting the Zaveris with her own little ones running the same footpaths as she had chased their little ones. I realized I'm creating the same opportunities for decade long friendships that far outlast a babysitting relationship.
At some point during the evening I realized that this is what makes BabysitEase great. Sure everyone needs a night away from the kids to reconnect with their spouse or to attend that Halloween costume party but it is the role that our sitters play in the lives of our families that make our service great. They become family. Skipping them on the Christmas card list would be like forgetting your mom's birthday. They help raise and grow your children into contributors to your family, your community, our world.
Maybe that's why BabysitEase can seem magical at times. I steer away from texting, self involved teenagers that keep the house from burning down, and I seek out the qualified women that love your kids like they were their own. Because who doesn't need a little more love in their life?