the best friends you’ll never have

Five minutes earlier, Lynn’s parents had finally left. My uncle Russ practically had to shove my aunt Peaches out the door. “What if she starts running a fever?” Peaches asked, clutching Lynn as if she couldn’t bear to turn her over to me. “What if she falls out of her crib?”

“Claudia knows what to do,” said my mother soothingly, putting an arm around Peaches. (They’re sisters.) “She can handle any situation that comes up. Remember, she’s a professional baby-sitter.”

I nodded. “That’s right,” I said. “Lynn will be in the care of a full-fledged founding member of the BSC.” I grinned proudly. I didn’t have to explain to Peaches and Russ about the BSC. They know those initials stand for Babysitters Club, and they know what the club is all about. You can’t find better, more experienced sitters anywhere.

“Not to mention the BSC member’s sibling and parents,” added my older sister, Janine. “Well be here too.”

Thank you, Janine, for remembering that someone besides Claudia has the capacity to take care of a baby. Did John and Rioko forget that they successfully reared two children to adolescence? Or were they just trying to give Claudia something to feel good about? This passage in Claudia and the Terrible Truth has always annoyed me. So often, the BSC were treated as if they knew more about children than actual parents. Sorry, but just because you organize carnivals doesn’t mean you know everything there is to know about children and are the most expert at childrearing in the world.

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myu said, October 29th, 2007 at 11:56 am

“Thank you, Janine, for remembering that someone besides Claudia has the capacity to take care of a baby.”

Ha ha ha! Incidentally, I thought more or less exactly the same thing when I read that book a fortnight ago.

Kylie90210 said, May 28th, 2008 at 1:17 am

Haha, I’ve never read it, but so agree!

KlM14 said, January 15th, 2009 at 4:37 am

yeah i agree but in keep out Claudia! Dawn said although wre good sitters these kids are other poples kids.

Luna said, February 27th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I agree. I hate how the BSC acts like they’re the ultimate baby-sitters. Firstly, I don’t agree with how many jobs they get. Yes, they are good sitters, but the majority of parents will be looking for much older kids or family members. Maybe the 13-year-old BSC members could’ve gotten a few jobs but I highly doubt any 11-year-old would’ve been able to.

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