When I was about 13, I lived with my Mom by the University of Detroit across the street from the basketball arena. Back in those days I was the babysitter of choice for Ann and Jim. I used to give babysitting gift certificates for Christmas. Apart from that I was paid the going rate. The truth is, I would have done it for nothing as I always loved interacting with Jim and Ann and the kids. Jim would pick me up and I would grab Kilroy my cat and we would drive over to Ward St. On the way we would stop by Doyle’s liquor Store. Jim would get me some Coke and a really big bag of Cheetos. We would arrive at the house well after Kevin and Katie were in bed and asleep. I would sit in front of the TV and watch “Get Smart” and then “Saturday Night At The Movies” on NBC.
Sometimes I would go into the basement and shoot pool. But I spent most of my time in front of the tube. This was a fairly regular occurrence for a year or two. I only remember one time having to go to Katie when she was crying. I went in and got her and rocked her briefly. She went right back to sleep. Kevin never woke up. It was one of the easiest gigs I ever had. Ann and Jim would arrive home around 11 or so. I would be a little sleepy by this time. Jim would then drive me home with my white cat and orange hands.