Ugh! (but at least we have the Pens)

I like to think I have gotten over most of my sports superstitions, but unfortunately, I still tend to think that if something good happens, then something bad must follow (or vice-versa).

First we had childcare issues. Then there were a couple of big expenses. Next came an in-law situation (there are some things that will never make this blog). Now, just when I thought we found someone to watch Jordan, I get a note from our new person that her son is in the hospital and she does not know when he will be out, and Jordan was supposed to start there in two days.

From the beginning, I had some reservations about this person. She cancelled the first time we were supposed to meet because she had to take her mother-in-law to the doctor, and it ended up taking hours. I thought at least she was devoted to her family. Then she cancelled our next meeting because her son was sick, but that seemed acceptable because of the germ factor. Next, right before we are to meet, she said her husband has concerns because her child is 2 as is the other kid she watches, and couldn't my kid regress because of that. Since I was bringing my kid only one or two days and because this is what parents of kids of different ages experience, I was not worried, and so I told her. My initial reaction was to say forget it, but from all the emails we exchanged and talking on the phone, I did like this woman, so I decided it was worth it to give it a try.

We finally met, and things went well. Jordan seemed to feel comfortable (she did not want to leave). I told this woman of the issues I had experienced in my current situation, and she seemed to understand/not be like that. So this past week, when I was trying to schedule days, she ended up cancelling a future date the day after she said she could because her son had a doctor's appointment that would take another month to reschedule. Again, I was understanding; her son had been having coughing/allergy issues.

But now, even once her son gets out of the hospital, I am not sure this is going to work. There seem to be too many things going on for her family, and I cannot find out the day before I am dropping my kid off that I don't have care. I really, truly feel sorry for her; it must be scary to go through these coughing bouts and not know what is going on. But I have to think of myself, and at this point, I wonder if God has been giving me hints all along not to go to this person. Who knows, but I just hope I find someone else soon.

So what is bright side in all this? The Pens are doing well! What a ride we are having. I have not been this excited about hockey since the early 90s. Even the few years the Pens have been in the playoffs since the cup years pale in comparison to this. I have a feeling...


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