DEAR ABBY: My friend stole my baby sitter! It began when "Mimi" asked for the name of our sitter. She didn't have one and said she would be confident using the girl we were using. She explained that it would be only to "occasionally" relieve her parents, who usually looked after the kids. Unlike Mimi, we have no family in town.
Now, every time we are invited to attend something, I call our sitter and she has already been booked by my "friend." Mimi even books the girl when she invites US out! I have mentioned on a couple of occasions that we couldn't go because she had already booked our sitter. Her response? "Maybe you should check the baby-sitter list at the gym and find someone else."
Our husbands work together and we share many of the same friends. I considered Mimi a good friend, but now I feel used. This has been going on for four months. I'm afraid I may explode the next time I see her. How should I handle this? Mimi acts as if there is no problem. -- FEELS LIKE A FOOL, GAINESVILLE, FLA.
DEAR FEELS LIKE A FOOL: Mimi is acting like there is no problem because there IS no problem -- for Mimi. You have assessed the situation correctly. She did use you. If I had to make a guess, Mimi is monopolizing your sitter because her parents have decided they have been good sports and watched the kids to the point that they would like a social life of their own.
I'm sorry, but the way to handle this is to find another sitter. And next time don't be so generous in sharing your resources with Mimi. (The same goes for your hairdresser and your house cleaner if you have one.)