Character: Build It Here
The summer I was fifteen, I had a job babysitting for three school-age children. This mainly involved me going with the children to the local swim club while their mother ran errands and got together with her friends.
Mrs. Wallis told me that my hours would be 8-5 every weekday and some Saturdays. The first day I was up and waiting by the window at 8:00 a.m. for Mrs. Wallis to pick me up. By about 8:30 a.m. I was beginning to wonder what where she was. By 9:00 a.m., I was getting worried. Had she gotten in a car accident? Were the children okay?
And then the phone rang, “Kathie? It’s Judy Wallis. Sorry to have kept you waiting, but I’m in the middle of getting the children ready and the house straightened up a bit. Listen, I am going to pay you from the time that I told you to be ready. Those are your hours as I promised, so don’t you worry about that. I have a few more things to do here and then I’ll be by.”
“Oh, okay, Mrs. Wallis, that’s fine. I’ll be ready.”
I hung up the phone, sat down on the couch with my cat and got out a book to read. At noon, I heard a car pull in the gravel driveway to my house. Mrs. Wallis and the kids were all smiles. Life was good. And that’s how my summer went that year - me getting up early to be ready just in case Mrs. Wallis happened to be on time and then waiting a few hours. I read a lot of books that summer, got to enjoy myself at the pool with the kids, and made a decent amount of money all told.