Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Babysitters Arrive at Hotel Monaco
Danielle lucked out when Cassandra, the owner of the Morristown daycare, volunteered for wedding babysitting duties. She really loves working with kids, and figured this was a great way to get more in tune with the community. She brought her teenage daughter, Christina, with her to help.
"Mom, I love this suite."
"I can't believe we get to stay here over night."
"Looks like we are going to be bunking together, tonight."
"There's only one bed? I can just sleep out here."
"Mom, can we order room service?" (Christina)
"We just ate." (Cassandra)
"I know, but they always order room service on TV." (Christina)
"On TV, you never get to see how expensive it is. You can order room service as long as you are paying with your money." (Cassandra)
"In that case, I'll pass." (Christina)
"Can you call to the front desk and ask them for another playpen? They only delivered one, and I ordered two." (Cassandra)
After calling about the playpen, Christina starts watching TV, while her mom answers the door.
First to arrive are Michelle and Sunni.
"I am so happy you are looking after the kids. Now I can be at peace knowing they are okay." (Michelle)
"Yes, this is quite the surprise." (Sunni)
"I am happy to help. You know I think of my daycare kids, as my own sometimes." (Cassandra)
"So how's the reception going?" (Cassandra)
"Well everything was going well, but then it got a little strange right before we left." (Michelle)
"Strange? What do you mean strange? What happened?" (Cassandra)
"Well, Rod's father gave a toast and it seemed to throw Rod a little off guard. And then Rod and his brother hustled their father out of the room." (Michelle)
"What?! That is strange." (Cassandra)
The ladies decide it's time to get back to the ballroom. Cassandra takes the kids to the other room and puts the two babies in the playpen and the two toddlers on the bed to watch TV.
"Well we will see you guys in a few hours. They are in good hands." (Cassandra)
"Oh we are not worried. We will see you soon." (Michelle)
Next to arrive is Mike. I guess he took Adele's advice.
"Well hello. Looks like you have your hands full." (Cassandra)
"Hello. I'm Mike and this is my daughter, Sydney. I'm told you are the babysitter for the Rod and Danielle wedding." (Mike)
"You are correct. I'm Cassandra. I'm the owner of the local daycare. I've met Sydney before. She and her mom stopped by to check out the facility one day a couple of weeks ago. I understand you guys are relocating to the area?" (Cassandra)
"You are going to love it here. Come into the other room. You can lay her down." (Cassandra)
"Let me take her bag." (Cassandra)
"I left my cell number on a piece of paper in her bag. I will be back in a couple of hours." (Mike)
"Well take your time. We will be here all night." (Cassandra)
Mike leaves and heads back to the ballroom.
"Mom, who is that?" (Christina)
"His name is Mike. He and his wife are relocating to the area soon." (Cassandra)
"Too bad he's married. " (Christina)
"I'm sorry. Is my teenage daughter on the hunt for an older man?" (Cassandra)
"Not for me. For you." (Christina)
Cassandra decides not to entertain her daughter with further conversations on the topic of her love life. Or lack of love life. Luckily there is another knock on the door.
Vanessa and Lisa arrive and plop down in the sitting room. They, too, are discussing what happened in the ballroom.
"Girl, I wish I knew what was going on." (Vanessa)
"Me, too. I bet Antoinette knows, but I didn't want to approach her about it." (Lisa)
"I heard a little about what happened. So I take it his father wasn't at the wedding." (Cassandra)
"I don't recall seeing him there. He just seemed to appear out of the blue." (Lisa)
"Now they never talked about their father much, but when they did, I always got the impression that he had died some years ago. (Vanessa)
"Can you imagine your dead father showing up at your wedding? That's too creepy for me." (Vanessa)
"Clearly the man is not dead. We all saw him standing there in the flesh." (Lisa)
"Well let's get back to the party, so we won't miss anything." (Vanessa)
The ladies leave the kids in Cassandra's capable hands and head back to the ballroom.
Two more kids get dropped off a short time later, which leaves Cassandra and Christina with a total of nine kids altogether. It doesn't take long for all of the kids to drift off to sleep. Apparently, they have had a long day.