Last night, I had only been home from work for a few minutes when I got a call on my cell phone from Mrs. Johnson, who lives up the street from me. When I answered, I could tell she was stressed out, but she sounded glad that she could reach me.
When I asked her what was wrong, Mrs. Johnson told me that her daughter Katie’s babysitter had just called to cancel on only 15 minutes’ notice and that she and her husband had an important parent meeting to attend at Katie’s school. Then, she asked if I would be willing to come over and watch her daughter.
I never mind being helpful and babysitting, and Katie’s a really great kid, so I said yes right away. I knew I would have to bring a fun activity for us to do, however, since the Johnsons are strict, and don’t let their daughter watch any TV on weeknights. It’s not as if they want her to spend every waking moment in her room studying, but they are worried that kids these days are becoming too media-dependent, and want Katie to spend her free time interacting with other people instead.
Normally when I go to babysit Katie, I take some time to prepare a fun activity that the two of us can do together, but I told Mrs. Johnson that I would be right over to her house, and didn’t have time to come up with anything. Instead, I grabbed my game of Suspend, knowing how much fun I find it to be, and guessing that Katie would be good at it.
When I got there, I got out my set, and Katie and I played a really good game together! After her parents got back home, they thanked me for bringing a fun, engaging game, and said they would definitely have me back.