On a scale of 1 to 10, wherein 1 = meh, I do that all the time and 10 = I AM CALLING THE POLICE RIGHT NOW, how bad would it be to...
Drop off a hypothetical 10-year-old who doesn't feel well enough to go to school at the neighborhood coffee shop with a book to read and cash for cocoa and leave her there while you go to work for a couple of hours because even though she's stayed home alone many times in the past, for some reason she's now AFRAID OF EVERYTHING and doesn't want to be home alone?
1 = meh, I do that all the time and
10 = I AM CALLING THE POLICE RIGHT NOW.
Hypothetically speaking, of course.
UPDATE: Okay, lest any of you *uptight* moms feel compelled to notify the authorities, hypothetically speaking, if I WERE to have a SICK 10-year-old child today, I WON'T be dropping her off at the coffee shop because a lovely friend has offered to come by, pick up said imaginary child and take her over to her house, where there will be cable TV (squeeeee!) and hovering. Frankly, it sets a poor example and creates unrealistic expectations for the next time she is ill and has to be here with me, but at this point I will hypothetically take what I can get.
PS to the UPDATE: I'm posting this as an update and in the comments because I could not decide which one was more appropriate and decided this was not a matter worth being late to work over. But all this double posting has now made me late for work. Damnit!