Tales from a Babysitter: Babysitters and Doorknobs
About a week ago, I was babysitting for one of the usual families that hire my siblings and me. They have three kids all under the age of ten. We were in their basement doing their favorite thing: playing video games. Ava, the youngest child, sai...
About a week ago, I was babysitting for one of the usual families that hire my siblings and me. They have three kids all under the age of ten. We were in their basement doing their favorite thing: playing video games. Ava, the youngest child, said she had to go the bathroom, "Alone!" So I let her. It was only a few feet away and much harm couldn't be done in that bathroom.
A couple minutes later, we hear banging on the bathroom door from inside. The oldest child, Andrew, calmly looks at me and says, "Ava locked herself in the bathroom."
Apparently this happened before and their dad got Ava to turn to lock on the doorknob. But that didn't work this time. I ran upstairs and looked for a paper clip or hair pin to use to pick the lock. I also found a small screw driver.
I got back to the doorknob and pried the bobby pin into the hole on the knob. It wouldn't work. Fortunately, none of us were panicking, not even Ava who was somewhat trapped. She was just singing and telling us she was washing her hands.
Since the bobby pin wouldn't work, I had to unscrew the doorknob to get Ava out. It was definitely an experience that I'll remember, not a regretful memory, just different from what those kids usually give me.
Please don't get the wrong impression about me. I really am a responsible babysitter who just happened to come across a minor event in my duties. It's not my fault kids act up or get themselves locked in bathrooms. I'm just the one who gets to deal with them. And don't interrupt that the wrong way either. I do love babysitting but like every other babysitter out there, we have experience in the babysitting realm.