For the past couple months, I've been trying to find a reliable teenager to come and help me out with after-school care for the boys. I was hoping to get someone via word of mouth but so far, the mom network has had a surprising dearth of candidates. The reliable teenagers all seem to have jobs.
So I'm moving on to direct advertising in the neighbourhood. I'm a little uncomfortable with this approach since it gets rid of the reference safety net. But at the end of the day, I need someone to start in September.
I'm fairly certain this is my internal paranoia making me nervous. Rational thinking tells me there are lots of pleasant, reliable people out there who are looking for work and I should have a good shot at finding one of them. But my mind is saturated with Criminal Minds and Law and Order and thus immediately begins worrying about picking the one budding psychopath in the lot.
Thus I will have to repeat my little mantra that life is not a TV show and that my most-likely "worst" result is simply hiring someone who is not as reliable as I would have wished.
I'm hoping I can find a good personality match for the boys. And someone whose hand isn't glued to their phone would be a nice touch as well.
Maybe I should start checking the skies for Julie Andrews floating down on an umbrella.
It could happen.