Just a few years later I started looking after kids in the evenings when the parents went out. Not the normal roll of a teen boy but as we lived on a military housing estate and there was a shortage of teen girls it just sort of happened. I was quite glad to do this job as I thought it gave me more responsibility and some extra pocket money. Plus I got away from my older siblings for an evening and got to watch what I wanted on telly. Thinking back I guess ab's and dl's would make pretty good child minders as we could relate more with our charges than many others. To be honest I never thought about the nappies when I was child minding as in the most cases the kids were in bed asleep before I arrived and I don't think many knew their parents had gone out.
One neighbour I baby sat for was to become more of a second mum to me than I knew. Being in a close knit community we expressed the usual pleasantries as we passed and over time got to be quite good friends. I would grab any chance to go fishing when her husband was home on leave and had many, many wonderful days at the lake or riverside. Okay back ground set. When the men were away most of the mums had nights out to bingo or for a ladies night, ( drinking). On a few of these nights the mum was very late home more early hours of morning than late night. After a few of these events It was decided it made sense for me to lock up and spend the night in the spare bedroom. If I was up first I got the baby and did what was needed and fed her, I was like a big brother to her and she would run to me at the drop of a hat. Pretty soon I had settled into a routine and felt safe to sneak some of my own nappies and waterproof coverings in. I guess I got quite careless one night I had on my make shift nappy and waterproofs and fell asleep in the, ''now my bedroom'' . I woke early as normal only to find the cover over me was not the one I normally had on my bed and I still had my make do nappy on. Oh s##t had I been caught out. I sat wondering how I was going to get out of this, I was looking for my clothes when I heard the mum shout up to come down breakfast was on the table. I panicked where were my clothes, how could I be so stupid and get caught. She called out '' just come as you are your clothes are in the dinning room, It's not like I haven't seen a lot of nappies before silly''. I bit my lip and headed down stairs to face her wrath and find out what was to happen with me.
We had a long chat over breakfast and she asked about what I was doing and how long I had been doing this. She was not mad at all, quite the opposite she listened to me gave me a hug and told me to go shower and get dressed. I thought we were going to my parents house to face them but as I dressed I heard her shout to my mum if it was okay for me to go help her with some shopping in town. Oh my god she never told on me, well she did say it would be our secret.
After catching the bus to town we did the normal shopping stuff and stopped for a snack. Then she told me she had a few more items to buy from Boots ( chemist store). I followed with the message bags as she went to the baby isle picked up some talk ,cream, nappy pins . quite normal then she called me to the nappies and asked if I wanted some , ( They were marked as over night nappies bigger and thicker for night time use ). She handed me two packs six nappies in all. Then she took me to the plastic pants and asked what about these ( Bruma pants.size xxl for older child or bed wetters) Off we went to the cash desk It looked okay as we had a child in her pram .