Wow. I have been advertising that I will babysit off hours, but never expected to get hired. But somebody would like to hire me. It wouldn't be much money, but I don't HAVE much money. Anything helps. Here's my dilemma. After Head Start, I was so devastated that I decided to never work again, since I'm almost sixty and on social security disability and have spent my life (since age 18) trying hard to do jobs well and more often than not getting fired because of my inability to multi-task and do manual things or the cash register. The few jobs I did well don't exist anymore...answering service jobs were my go-to choice. My last job, as you all know, I did really well and got fired because some wacky bus driver lied about me. The lawsuit is still pending. I am both terrified of going back to work at my age again and needing extra money. We are going to have one hard year where we remain in our rather large home while Jumper finishes school in this district. After that, she goes to college and we can move to a small mobile home or rental house if we want, but we can't do that yet. So what is the problem? I love what I'm doing right now. Mon., Tues. and Wed. I volunteer at a place for indigent families and I love it. I have never enjoyed "work" this much in my life, although I don't get paid. I like the people. They are all a bit "offbeat" like me...lol. Then I love Community Theatre, which is every other Thursday afternoon and some shows that are usually in the afternoons. I also have group therapy every other Wednesday and I enjoy the group there too. Sometimes I have been going to Thursday morning Al-Anon and Friday afternoons I've been volunteering at the Humane Society. I have never been so busy and have never known so many nice people and I'm the sort that gets depressed if I'm not busy. My unemployment runs out in December. It's only $67.00 a week, but it's something. I really don't want to give up my daily routine which is crazy busy and very gratifying, moreso than any time in my life. Yet I should probably bring in a few bucks. The childcare would be in the afternoon and cut into much of what I love to do. I am not sure what to ask for payment. I am thinking $3/hr. and that would be cash. It's still not going to be a ton of money. In a year, after we move into a smaller three bedroom place, hub and I can do foster care and both help a child and make some money at the same time, however it makes no sense to get THIS house licensed only to move in less than a year. So that will not happen this soon. I guess I need you to pretend you are in my situation and to be yourself and tell me what YOU would do. You guys always make some excellent points and I value your input. And if anyone believes I should not take the childcare job, how can I kindly tell the mother that I changed my mind? She is excited about hiring me. It is hard for me to make people feel bad or to have to explain why I changed my mind. Just one of my social blips. Thanks for reading this. May sound trite, but it's a very important decision to me.