- aListen, Karen, I need your help. I don't know anyone here yet.
- bI'm glad to help you. What's wrong?
- aMy mother-in-law just went into the hospital in L.A.Hank and I will be flying there tonight.
- bI'm sorry to hear it. What's wrong with her?
- aDoctors aren't sure yet.But the real problem is Suzy. She has a bad cold,and we don't want to take her with us. But we don't know who can stay with her.
- bYou need a babysitter.
- aYes, I'd ask Jill, the girl I've had before, but I need someone overnight.Maybe even for two nights.
- bI could have Suzy stay at my place.
- aI don't want to do that to you, Karen.
- bWhy not?
- aYour own kids would get Suzy's cold.I think it would be better to have a good babysitter here. But I don't know who to ask.I need someone more mature than Jill. It might even be for two or three days.
- bI know who we can ask. There is a girl I know, Sara Ralston.She is 17, and she will usually take this kind of job.I know her from my church, and I trust her completely.
- aI'd like to talk with her.This is short notice, I know. But Hank and I are leaving tonight.
- bI'll get you her number. I hope she can do it. She is very responsible.
- aI'm glad you know someone. I knew you would be the best person to ask about this.I don't want to insult Jill or her mother. I think Jill maybe could do it.But I'd rather have someone a little older.
- bI'll go home and get Sara's number. I'll call her first myself.
- aGreat. Then call me and let me know if she's free.