So, even though this song is not "new," it's fairly new to me. They just started playing it on XMKids, so I just heard it for the first time recently. And it made me cry, much to the bafflement of my daughter, who has never had a babysitter in her life.
It's the end of "The Babysitter's Here" that gets me every time:
"...'cause she's leaving me...
You're the best on that we've ever had;
You sit on her hair and you're tall as my dad;
And I'll make you a picture for college next year;
So hush, now, peace, man, the babysitter's here.
The best babysitter's here."
How about you? Did you have a "best" babysitter, one that really made a fond place in your memory? Because I did. It was 1975 or '76, I was nine years old, and my sister was four. The babysitter's name was Trella Yates*, and she was THE BEST BABYSITTER EVER. She had bright red hair and an easy smile, and seemed, to me, to be able to do anything in the world. She lived in a big old farm-style house with a wraparound porch and warm wood floors and what seemed to me like a dozen siblings. She made snickerdoodles and played the piano while we sang songs like "Put Your Hand In The Hand (Of The Man From Gallilea)."
We lived in Fayetteville. We had no money, and ALL the happiness. If you know what became of Trella, (*Yes, that is her real name, and she'd be in her late 40's or so now--find her!) or you know her now, would you pass on a message, from me to her?
She's the best one that we ever had.