Saturday, February 04, 2012
We went to the Home Show with our best friends and their three kids today. After only getting through about 1/3 of the aisles, my friend decided that she wanted to buy Sugar Bears, small marsupials that look like tiny flying squirrels. The process of discussing it with her husband, filling out the paperwork, and finally picking out the pets took the rest of the afternoon, and left me babysitting her children at the playground area and then jollying along her 1-year-old for the hour and a half it took to get the process finished. By the time this was done, it was time to leave. Hubby and I pretty much paid $28 for the privilege of babysitting her kids.
This isn't the first time this has happened. Last summer I went with her to the Renaissance Faire, and she decided to get her and her older daughter's hair braided. That took two hours of waiting around, then she assigned out her kids to be babysat while she went shopping. I was miffed then, and I'm miffed now. I know she doesn't mean to take advantage, but it's taking the fun out of going places with them.
We are having dinner out with just the couple tonight, and I think I have to say something about this. It's hard to call someone out on their behavior, but it's really got to be done. In the meantime, I am going to rest a bit from having to stand still on concrete for an hour, something that is very hard on my back.