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My mom sent me a link to a newspaper article about one of the kids I used to babysit when I was in junior high. Jaimee Paul’s parents used to hire me to come over and hang out with Jaimee and her little sister, Kyle. (WARNING: Music starts automatically.)

They called it “babysitting,” but Jaimee is only a couple of years younger than I am, so I think I was really just there to serve as a neutral third party in case a dispute arose.

The first time I was there, one of the girls thought she heard a noise in a back bedroom. They proceeded to convince themselves that a burglar had sneaked in, so I had to go and check all the bedrooms and closets to make sure nobody was there. In retrospect, I have no idea what any of us thought I was going to do about it if somebody had come in. At the time, I might have weighed all of 85 pounds soaking wet, and I was still 15 years away from my first karate lesson … but since the doors had been locked all night and I hadn’t heard anything, I felt pretty safe in assuming (correctly, as it turned out) that the mysterious sound was just a figment of somebody’s overactive imagination.

In any case, Jaimee was very impressed that I was willing to risk tangling with an imaginary burglar on her behalf, and she decided that this act of bravery merited some combat pay. When her parents got home, she went to great lengths to tell her dad all about it at least three times, embellishing the story with each retelling, and emphasizing that this had been a really, really scary noise, and I had really risked my butt for her and Kyle.

Funny kid. Now she’s all grown up, with a fiance and a CD and a gig singing jazz in a Nashville nightclub and a lengthy resume that includes singing backup for Barry Manilow.

Go check out her Web site. And buy her album. She’s a great singer (OK, so I’m a little bit partial, but look: You can listen to sound samples on the Web site if you don’t believe me), and besides … she scored me a few extra bucks on a babysitting job one night in 1988, so I really ought to return the favor. πŸ˜‰


4 thoughts on “Buy this CD.”

  1. Emily,Emily. Emily!!
    We just read your account of ” It was a dark and stormy night”, or at least it was dark and Jaimee and Kyle were afraid. This is Ed and Jane!!!!!
    We are laughing our guts out! You rock! I am going to send this to both Jaimee and Kyle………Jane
    So I gave you extra cash….Ed
    We love you!

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed the memory — and even more glad you posted so I can ask you what Kyle is up to these days. πŸ™‚

    I never make microwave popcorn that I don’t think of Jaimee and her penchant for pouring half a stick of butter over a bag of popcorn when she was a kid. If she ever gets sick of Nashville, she’d fit right in here in Oklahoma, where anything worth eating comes with extra butter and a bowl of gravy….

    (Now, if she’ll still speak to me after I’ve ensured that a Google search for her name turns up embarrassing stories from her childhood, I will consider myself luckier than I deserve to be. *ROTFL*)

    Oh, and Ed … thanks for the tip. πŸ˜‰

  3. Hi there Emily!

    My dad sent me the link to Jaimee’s story in the Southern too and I came across this entry on a Google Search. Don’t worry. I’m sure Jaimee will still speak to you. I agree, Jaimee sounds great! I ordered the CD today.

    Hope all is well with you as well. And hi to Mr. And Mrs. Paulich!

    -Justin Storch

  4. Oklahoma?? I am in OKlahoma. This is Kyle Anne. I got married last October and moved to Oklahoma City. Where are you? Small world. I remember those days of your “babysitting.” What fun they were. Jaimee was usually pretty skiddish about dark and stormy nights. Still is I think. But that’s her creative genius inside I guess. We can’t all be completely stable. ha! it was fun reading what you had to about our evening of burglary. I work for a printing company, Mercury Press and my husband work for St. Luke’s United Methodist Chruch and their arts program…largely he’s in charge of the community theatre that is based out of the church. Jaimee’s beau’s family lives in Tuttle (ironically) so maybe someday we should all get together. We’ll meet during the day. ha!

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