My (somewhat odd) neighbor has a daughter starting middle school next week. My DD1 will be in her second year at the middle school, and the girls are friends. The neighbor called me today asking for my "advise" about what she should do to get her daughter to and from school. She thought there would be a bus service, there's none. Then she thought her daughter would ride her bike to go home until she realized it was a 5-mile ride.
She will not be getting home from work until 6-7pm every night. The dad has left for a job 500 miles away. The 11 yo will be alone.
Then I discover the real reason for her call was to see if we could "carpool" home everyday, she being available on Fridays to pick up the girls.
Problem with her plan is that I am already committed to a carpool with 2 other families which fills my car. She kept explaining how she thought she was going to have her daughter just come home with me, and now she doesn't know what she's going to do. She simply assumed I would be available. (BTW, I work pt, kids are on swim team, and husband travels extensively for work. I am not sitting around!!)
While I feel for the mother's situation, she and I have a strange history that would take too long to explain. The daughter is a very nice girl. TOO nice. Eddie Haskel nice. While she is friends with DD1, she's not really friends with DD2.
So here's my huge guilt factor: Across the street will be an 11 year old girl, in her house alone until dark every night waiting for her mom to get home. How can I possibly do that?
Aaaaggghhhhhhhh! What do I do?????