The Babysitter 


 by Robert Coover, from Pricksongs and descants  



She arrives at 7.40, ten minutes late, but the children, Jimmy and Bitsy, are still eating supper, and their parents are not ready to go yet.  From other rooms come the sounds of a baby screaming, water running, a television musical (no words: probably a dance number -- patterns of gliding figures come to mind).  Mrs Tucker sweeps into the kitchen, fussing with her hair, and snatches a baby bottle full of milk out of a pan of warm water, rushes out again.   `Harry!' she calls. `The babysitter's here already!'