*cue Boyz ll Men’s 'It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday' as soft background music for entire blog*
From first steps to last day of grammar school, nannies are present for it all. What exactly happens when the family’s needs change? It’s not uncommon to accept a position and the hours or responsibilities change. It’s the nature of the job. With that said, there are a myriad of reasons why a family may choose to go a different direction with a nanny’s employment.
Two year olds transitioning to daycare, relocation, work schedule change for parents, divorce, temporary contract, job loss, family members moving to same city... whatever the reason may be, it can cause an end of employment. I’ve experienced a couple of the aforementioned but one experience sticks out more than any. I was offered a position with an amazing family I’d known almost the same time as the amazing Brooklyn family I was currently employed by.
I agonized about my decision. On paper it was a no brainer but nannies also work with their heart. I had known their charismatic little girl from the age of 6 months til just shy of age 3. I never even imagined working elsewhere. It felt like home. (Future blog coming about this stellar fam!) Their daughter and I were the best of friends. From extra cuddles when sick to holiday themed arts and crafts to grocery shopping while belting out Jingle Bells in April, our friendship had created a unique bond and tons of memories. Her parents, both artists, allowed me to be myself and accepted my impromptu songs and loud laugh. They also wholly trusted me in their absence with their child (soon became children) and we remained on the same page always working as a collective.
After much internal debate, I accepted the new position and we vowed to keep in contact. The brightest part of the story is I still keep in close contact with the family. Their children and I are still the best of friends. We just had a “family playday” two weeks ago and it did my heart good. We are forever knitted together by such care for each other and no goodbye could ever change that.