I was in a high demand, though. This was primarily because, in those days, babysitters were dirt cheap, and we lived on a street populated with enormous families. Fifty cents per hour was the going rate, and if you were really lucky, you got seventy-five cents per hour after midnight. This was for looking after anywhere from four to eight kids, mind you. Parents actually made money by going out every weekend. For $3.00 they could ditch the kids and the dirty dishes and go out dancing until 2:00 AM, which they did often.
I still think of those kids as being two, or six, or ten years old, even though it's more likely that they now have their own children of that age. I somehow doubt that those kids I used to babysit go out until 2:00 AM every Friday and Saturday night, like their parents did.
Do you have babysitting stories to share?