One of the things that is hard to gauge on the necessity scale is babysitting. Now if you are a non-parent don't run away yet, keep reading.
There are occasions that we could take Keller with us and skip the babysitter, usually we take him. Then there are other occasions that we could take him but it would be easier not to, one of those occasions is a Bible Study we attend. Although in the past we have brought him and kids are welcome to attend, we have usually opted to leave him at home. For us it helps us focus on the study and it helps him get to bed on time.
I never really thought about it being an extra expense. Up until recently we had a dear friend watch Keller at no charge. Now she is busy on the nights of the study and we are paying a sitter. Now don't get me wrong, we are choosing to have a sitter and it is someone who loves and cares for Keller so we are absolutely ok with this decision. What struck me about the situation was that we have never paid for the privilege of having this consistent time together.
I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our friends who watches Keller and there are several. I can not say that enough. For the folks who have done this for us THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
It isn't until you are on the other side of the fence that maybe you can appreciate the things that people do for you. So here is the challenge -
1. If you are the recipient of a free service make sure to show your gratitude to the person serving you.
2. If you have the opportunity to provide a free service occasionally, do it. It means more than you know.
3. If you are the service provider please know that you are appreciated more than thanks or payment could ever show! Thank you!