Kristy's Portrait May 11, 2006 16:18:08 GMT -5
Post by alula on May 11, 2006 16:18:08 GMT -5
Leaving 10, 8 and 6 year olds home by themselves? Hmm.
Yeah, I just read this one for the first time, and that really stuck out to me--especially when you look at the Pike triplets and Jeff Schafer! (I haven't gotten ahold of Dawn and Too Many Sitters yet, but still!). And I also just read "Mind Your Own Business, Kristy!" for the first time (got it in the same bundle with the portrait) and there's a point where Charlie mentions the bank called and he made Elizabeth show him how to write a check for the mortgage? Yikes.
I don't want to be judgmental, but seriously, it does seem kind of irresponsible of Mrs. Thomas to just leave kids that young on their own every day. A ten-year-old latchkey kid wouldn't bug me that much, but minding two younger kids? I know the BSC is wacky about ages, but still. Even if she couldn't afford a regular baby-sitter, I'm sure she could have arranged for Kristy to stay with the Kishis after school, and sent Sam to a friend's house or something--if not every day, at least a couple days a week. Or even just ask Mimi or Mary Anne's sitter or the other neighbors--the Goldmans?--to check in on them quickly every afternoon. For a place as small-town-feely as Stoneybrook, it doesn't seem like those people would mind.
The Carman and Camp Topnotch chapters, by contrast, I really liked because Kristy seemed so much more like a kid, not a hyper-responsible six-year-old. (Would you trust Karen Brewer to take care of a baby? She'd throw a hissy fit when the baby wouldn't play Let's All Come In, or something).