It's been a long time since I babysat.
Long enough that I don't remember what I was paid - and I certainly don't think it's relevant anymore.
Tommy is three-and-a-half years old and we've never paid a babysitter. Is this because we're cheapskates? Probably. But also because we have a lot of family. And it never occurred to us that they might like to be compensated for watching the boys.
But this week we had a real live babysitter.
So we paid her at the end of the night.
And as I'm hugging my boys hello and having them gather their shoes and things, I look up and there's Josh pulling money out of his wallet to hand to a responsible young lady and I realize.....
Like hiring babysitters old.
Maybe next time we'll even be old enough to arrange for the babysitter ourselves instead of mooching off our friends.