Friday, June 23
playing amongst the Pucci
My quest for a babysitter has been fruitless. I nearly got one who seemed too good to be true, and she was...she backed out last minute! So I am forced to continue with Babysitter Girl, who in the last 10 days has cancelled at the last minute 3 times. She should give up babsitting altogether and write a book on making up excuses.
School hasn't officially finished here yet but day by day there are less children going. In fact, this last week the only children going to school have been Skye and two others with expat mums. Um, am I missing something here? What are the other kids doing? Am I the only mum that has to work and appreciates somewhere where I can leave my daughter for free?
On Wednesday we arrived at the school to find a grand total of NO children and two teachers, who advised me they would be very busy over the next week. So even though the school closes on the 28th, it would be better not to go anymore. Rather than leave Skye rattling around in an empty classroom with teachers that are too busy to teach, I took her to work with me. Again. I called Babysitter Girl, who obviously didn't feel like working because she wouldn't even answer the phone. I saw her later and asked if she could work on Friday. She ageed with enthususiasm only to text me last night saying she had something else to do.
So I have a three year old shop assistant who is very good at cleaning the lower halfs of the windows and waveing a broom around to trick me into thinking that she is cleaning the floor. She rearranges the jewellery in the display cabinet and sometimes models it for clients. We (now) have a stack of kids books in the shop, so some clients get the bonus of hearing a fairy-tale while they try on Pucci. We even have a climbing frame for her to play on. She climbs up and up, then freezes and shreiks in terror at the lofty heights she has reached.
at 2:33 PM