||[Nov. 11th, 2014|04:24 pm]
The Question Club
as a side hustle I tutor seniors on using ipads. I have one particular client who is very sweet, she loves her ipad. I've known her for almost 2 years. Initially I saw her once a week for about 2 months (her son bought her lessons as a gift) and then on an as-needed basis if she had questions, which she pays for herself.|
Last year her husbands health was in decline, he was in and out of a nursing home. He passed away early this year, and I sent a card but did not attend the services. I've seen her a few times since, and after the hour timer went off chatted and she asked personal/conversational questions. Each time this went on longer. We are scheduled to meet on Thursday after I get off work. She just called me and left me a voicemail asking if I liked vegetable soup, as its gotten cold and she thought it sounded nice after our lesson.
While I appreciate the invitation to stay for dinner, and I realize she is probably lonely, I want this to stay a professional relationship. I like being friendly and chatting for up to 15-20 minutes after the hour is up, but I'm not sure how to keep this from turning into more of a companion/friendship.
I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I don't want every lesson turning from me making a quick buck into my whole night getting taken up.
What would TQC do?