If you didn’t already know, I’m a nanny. Actually, when I was moving into my dorm room 6 years ago, I got a call to come in for an interview. Heather, the mom answered the door and greeted me with a hug. She introduced me to her husband Greg and their girls Gabby and Gelle.
I don’t really remember what was asked or how I answered, but I knew I really wanted to work for them. There was something about them, they were very interested in their girls’ well being and not in having someone else raise them. I walked out of their house with a job that would change my life.
6 years later I’m still with them. Gabby and Gelle are driving and thinking about college applications. I personally want them to go to school in California so they can come over for a home cooked meal and to do their laundry.
My profession might be changing, but they are forever my family. Honestly, I have no clue what my life will be like without them in it everyday.
My parents taught me valuable morals and ways of living, but my nanny family showed me different ways of living, of looking at life. I wouldn’t be me without either influence. And today I can say that I love who I am. I am far from perfect, but I’m content. I couldn’t say that a couple years ago.
They provided some of my favorites: flowers, Kona beer (it has a coffee aftertaste), and sushi. They know me well. Being able to spend hours with family and friends without hosting was a blessing to say the least.
As I was saying my goodbyes to some friends this weekend they said something about how it’s a bummer I have so many people to say goodbye to. With tears flowing down my face I said that I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would be shedding much different tears if I had no one to say goodbye to. With all my tears I know I have lived life to the fullest here, and am planning on doing the same when I move.
Missing people is a sign of health. I spent too much time of my life afraid to attach to anyone, anything, or anyplace because I knew pain was inevitable. Well, at the ripe old age of 26 I say bring on the pain, because if I wasn’t in pain right now I wouldn’t be overjoyed with love either.