I've always been the type to capitulate when someone asks me for a favor. Loan you twenty dollars? Sure! I haven't gotten the fifty you owe me back yet, but it's cool! Dog sit for you? No worries! It was too much of a hassle when I needed you to do it for me when you lived next door, but I'll drive twenty miles each way to feed your four Clydesdales! I used to have a notoriously weak spine and people could sense it. Today a friend of a friend came to a party at a mutual friend's house. Her son and mine get along so well. She came up to me and joked my son and her son should spend more time together and asked if I could watch her son for two hours (as an aside, I don't want to watch him. He's honestly a handful) and said she was serious. Thinking she wanted a play date, I said today wasnt a good day and she said "oh no, this is for Wednesday!" And I said "This Wednesday?" And she said "oh no, this is for Monday and Wednesday between when I go to work and my husband gets off of work. It's two hours tops!" She wanted me to watch her child two days a week for the entire school year. Starting in a week and a half. I looked at her her, smiled, laughed, and said "oh gosh, I don't want to do that!". She paused, clearly stunned and said "you......don't want to do it? But the boys enjoy playing together so much!" And I giggled and replied "no, I can barely tolerate my own kids most days! I don't want yours too!". She was very taken aback and said "but it's just two hours" and I reinforced that I didn't want to and if I wanted two preschoolers at once I would have had my kids closer together. She started to tell me it was going to be less than three hours per week and the boys could play, like she was doing me a favor. I told her I had no desire to, but thanks for the sweet offer. It's amazing how shocked people are and how much trouble they have with you saying "NOPE! I don't want to do that!". First time I've ever done that with a non family member. I'm usually too concerned about being rude.