Up north, friends and family were our day care providers. Kate went to her grandma’s or to my friend Marian across the street, and was content with her regular stay in new surroundings. For the most part, the local moms took turns. Kids’ parties and afternoon craft days in private homes didn’t require the attendance of every parent.
We all knew how precious a few hours on our own were- even though we had nowhere to go! Just the freedom to grocery shop without the weight of a backpack or the awkwardness of a stroller was such a pleasure, we all made sure to share it! Some moms took advantage, leaving their kids too long and too often. Those of us who took in the children rarely complained, though. The free time wasn’t just for the mothers. We genuinely cared about the kids’ time off as well!