As any parent knows, a good babysitter is worth their weight in gold. You are trusting them with your child! If the babysitter is competent, responsible, and will go the extra mile — they’re a keeper! Just like 15-year-old Keegan Carnahan, who recently made one little girl’s day.
Keegan was babysitting 3-year-old Alidy when a friend asked what she was up to that evening. Keegan responded with one word “babysitting,” and shared some photos that she later posted to Twitter.
The photos show Alidy in the bathtub in an adorable Ariel mermaid costume with Keegan sitting alongside her — sporting her own grown-up blue mermaid tail, complete with scales and all. Keegan tells Babble:
“I had gone through a phase a couple years ago in which I bought a mermaid tail that I could swim around in my pool in, and I decided to wear it to see her reaction and entertain her during bath time.”
What a sweet and thoughtful gesture, and it got a great response from Alidy. You can see the excitement in her face; pure joy. Keegan says her reaction was “priceless,” adding that “She’s pretty much convinced that I’m a real Mermaid!”
Alidy’s mother Jenna Haslam tells Buzzfeed that this moment brought her daughter (and subsequently her) “a lot of happiness during a hard time,” noting that her daughter had worn a costume every day since her dad died in November. “But nobody ever matches with her,” Haslam says. “She finally found someone to connect with again.”
Though Alidy has lots of princess dresses, she seems to like Ariel the most. And ever since Keegan dyed her hair pink, Alidy has been saying that she looks like a mermaid. (And who wouldn’t want to look like a mermaid?)
These costumes must bring Alidy comfort and give her a way to deal with her grief. How amazing it is that instead of questioning the child — this babysitter got on the little girl’s level and found a way to relate to her? It’s truly heartwarming.
My youngest son is 2 and “horse crazy.” His room is full of horses, and he even has a costume that puts him on the back of one. It is kind of a pain to put on, especially since he wants it on and off again, several times a day. This story puts things in perspective for me — if it’s important to him then it’s important to me. Maybe one day I will even surprise him by wearing a horse costume of my own.
As for little Alidy, I get the feeling she will be requesting to have Keegan as her babysitter for a long time to come.
“My favorite part was getting to see her so genuinely happy,” she tells Babble. “She’s been struggling a lot lately because of her dad’s death, and seeing her smile from ear to ear was the best gift I could ever receive.”
As a mother, I would be so touched to have someone make an effort to connect with my child the way that Keegan has. I only wish I could hire her, but I’m sure her phone is already ringing off the hook.