So - LAST year, for the holiday season, I offered all my childcare clients free family portraits for the holidays because they had been so flexible with me over the previous year. This year, I have arranged all my daughters evening activities to well after 5:00, I circle around and drop childcare kids back off my house at 5:00 so the parents don't have to meet me down the street - I haven't needed or asked them to be flexible. I never miss a day of work.
My one client, and friend/neighbor, tells me that she's going to take me up on the offer to do the photography for her THIS year. I hinted that my schedule was pretty booked until Thanksgiving weekend. She declined last years offer. AND - since summer, she hasn't been very flexible. I had reviewed contracts in June and raised some prices. Hers stayed the same and she knew that. She used to pick up early on Wednesday's and Friday's and over the summer, continued to extend those hours until my "closing" time...even though when I didn't raise her rates in June, I considered that she did pick up early those two days. Now that school's back in session, she also drops off early - all this hour changing is an additional eight hours of week for childcare! Which I'm irritated at a business level.
On a friend level, I'm irritated because we always have neighborhood get togethers between a couple houses here. She never comes or she shows for a minute, but we're always expected to come to hers, kids birthday parties, too. We set up this wine tasting and a chick flick movie for tonight where everyone is to bring two bottles of wine. One to share and one for a trade (we'll put numbers in a hat and the person that draws #1, gets to choose the wine that they liked best, and take it home). She spoke to me on Wednesday and said she'd probably just come over for a bit with her own glass of wine. It's really missing the whole point of the party - because it was to get to try different wines, etc. She said she didn't have the money (which is always her excuse) - and I look at the other women that are coming, one is out of work, one is being bombarded with bills from her sons cancer treatment, one just had a major water pipe break in her front yard and me, I have three car payments and bills coming out the yin-yang. We all have bills.
Anyway. Just annoyed. It was something that we were doing for FUN - and wine's not that expensive. Ug.
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