Everyone always assumes that you are "just a nanny". No one takes any job that involves caregiving seriously, but especially when dealing with kids.
No one prepares you to take care of kids that are not your own and love and care for them. Teach them right and wrong.
Being a nanny means becoming a part of the family no matter how short your stay with them is.
You get to be a part of a kid's life even if just for a short while. You get to impact them in ways they may never remember. But nannies remember. We remember everything.
People think being a nanny is all fun and games and sometimes it is! But no one prepares you for the bond you feel with each and every kid you care for.
I have been a nanny since I was 15. That is 7 years of working with different families and I remember every single one of them and their children.
No one prepares you for the day you have to say goodbye.
This is a letter to my littles.
I know this marks the last day that I am your nanny. You told me last week you were getting a new nanny and I have been making sure every day you know how much I love and adore you.
You have taught me to be fearless.
Cautious when necessary.
To be silly and goofy.
To always dance however you want.
To be loud and laugh and laugh and laugh.
To say what is on your mind.
That being different is okay.
How to love and love and love and love.
To share with others always.
To find joy in the little things.
That everything can be your favorite.
The meaning of best friends.
How fun reading can be.
To unplug as much as possible.
To run and run and run and pretend like you aren't tired.
To have the BEST pillow fights in the world.
To worry so fiercely about the well-being of others.
To be sad when you need to be.
To take time for yourself.
To be one of a kind.
To my littles, thank you so much for profoundly changing my life. The last two and a half years as your nanny and Meg-meg have been the best of my life.
I know you aren't my children but I love you more than anything on this earth and would do anything to protect you from the harshness of the world.
I imagine this is how I will feel when I have kids someday, but I am glad you were my first kids. The first ones I experienced so much with. You have been the most constant thing in my life over the last two and a half years and I will always carry you in my heart. You are the best things to ever happen to me and your family means the world to me.
Thank you for seriously changing my life at such a young age. I am a better person because I know the two of you and I would never want it to be any other way.