I am really on the fence about the whole Jailbait experience. When I first interviewed him on the phone, I thought he would be perfect for Evan, the guy seemed cool, like I imagine Evan will be, and totally into the water sports which I was sure Evan could master, if only he had the proper instruction. Last year I had heard there was a woman on the lake who gave lessons, but there was something about it that didn't jive with me. I was hoping that Evan, who I often feel is the outsider of the three brothers, would bond with Jailbait and hang out with him, and be a cool dude with him, and just feel good about himself because he was hanging with a cool guy who could be cool along with him.
Well, that was my dream. As usual, the dream didn't pan out. I know what to do for Matt and Josh, but Evan is so much trickier than they are. I can never know how he is going to react to anything. It is always a big surprise to me. Matt took an instant dislike to Jailbait. I think it was partially because Jailbait was too close in age to Matt and also that in real life the Jailbaits of the world would never even look twice at Matt. Matt knows this. Also, Jailbait made some stupid mistakes throughout his baby sitting odyssey here and Matt is pretty intolerant of them, since he would never make those mistakes. I had to remind Jailbait not to play his explicit music in front of the children who sang shocking songs about sex to me one afternoon, I had to ask him over and over not to bring his cursing friends out with the boys on the boat. Jailbait was a little slow on the uptake. He didn't get the whole "he is the responsible adult in this situation" thing. Matt tried to sleep until 12 every day when I would come back and Jailbait would go home.
Evan in a surprising move decided that he needed to form an alliance with Matt and eventually turned on Jailbait too. I was thankful that he chose his brother over a stranger, and also disappointed that he hadn't had the validating experience I was hoping he could have with a kindred suave guy spirit. Luckily, Evan did get the hang of wake boarding, and must have recognized the absolute coolness and beauty of Jailbait because when he is back there, behind the boat gliding and sailing over the wake he imitates Jailbait's postures and attitudes and looks like he just owns the water. This was very much a good thing. At least there is that.
Now, Josh however thinks a babysitter (especially a teenage babysitter) is just about the best treat I can give him and he loved and adored Jailbait from day one. Jailbait treated him like a little buddy and sometimes teased him like a little brother, and Josh ate it up. Josh greeted him eagerly and with enthusiasm each and every day. Jailbait always wore a trademark backwards baseball cap. One day his cap blew off while they were heading home. The next day Jailbait showed up in a different cap and he took Josh in the boat to find the lost one. They managed to find the missing cap and Jailbait put it on Josh's head and told him he could keep it. Josh slept with the cap.
So, all in all, the whole Jailbait was just OK. On a scale of 1 to 10 I couldn't possibly rate it because the bottom line is that I got some deserved time off. I would do it again because I got to exercise and grocery shop without dragging the kids along, and also because I needed the break. I don't often look out for myself, and it was nice having my tiny chunk of time each day. So, there. I'd do it again. Also, seeing Evan behind the boat looking so smooth, so sure of himself and comfortable, it makes my mother heart sing.