At an interview:
Mother: How do you keep the toddlers apart from the babies?
Me: I don’t.
Very pregnant pause.
Mum had worked in daycares prior to her maternity leave. In daycare centres, the infants and toddlers are kept separate for the infants’ protection. Since I run a daycare, she reasoned, I, too, should keep the toddlers separate. I explained that this is a home daycare, and that therefore it’s organized more like a family. My explanation was met with stony silence.
I knew these people weren’t going to decide to leave their child with me. I knew I didn’t want them, anyway. So I damned the torpedoes and got a little pointed with them.
“Do you plan on having more children?”
“And when will you have your next?”
“When Jr. is about two and a half or three.”
“I see. And how will you keep them apart?”
An even more pregnant pause. The interview ended shortly thereafter. I did not hear from them again.