I'm blogging "on location" this evening from my sister's house. Tonight I'm "babysitting" my nieces and nephew. All the usual stuff happened tonight - dinner, computer games, hide-and-seek...
Something has struck me as rather odd, however. I didn't fully realize that babysitting was a full-contact sport!
So I looked it up just to be sure.
v. baÂ·by-Â·sat, (-st) baÂ·by-Â·sitÂ·ting, baÂ·by-Â·sits
1. To take care of a child or children in the absence of a parent or guardian.
2. To take care of or watch over someone or something needing attention or guidance.
I can't argue with definition 1. That's what I'm here to do.
Definition 2, however, I would revamp to read:
2. To take care of or watch over one's self or something requiring mouth guard or other such facial protection.
I would also add a third definition to read:
3. A full-contact sport requiring quick reflexes.
What happened, you ask?
Quite simply, J., the youngest did me in. While changing her into PJs, she took it upon herself to leap up in a frenzie of excitedness.
"Yayh! Story time!"
Up went her head, straight onto my lower lip.
My lower lip then made contact with my bottom teeth.
The result: leaky red stuff.
So, as I sit here nursing my battle wound - probably soon-to-be battle scar, I'm left wondering if the folks at Dictionary.com need a little update.
Maybe I should have taken that babysitting course...
Then again, a self-defense class might have sufficed!