For those who don\’t know, I was a (live-out) Nanny for a Swedish family in the Silicon Valley 12 years ago. I was with this family for 8 years. Before that, I had my own daycare business, I ran out of my home. I made the switch when Silicon Valley was really booming and they were paying big bucks for experienced for former pre-school teachers and daycare providers. I was a single mom at the time and I needed more security. So I was hired by Jon and Anita from Sweden. They later became citizens. They had the cutest boy/girl twins that were 2 years old when I started. 4 years later they had another little baby girl. I LOVED this family and we are still in touch. Anita just called to check in on me, last week. Stella, the girl-twin emailed me. She was to graduate UCLA but no ceremony! She majored in Biotechnology and plans to take a year off and then go back for her masters. Max, is graduating from UC Davis – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Maya, is at UC Santa Barbara and she is pursuing a science major. To this day, these wonderful kids call me their \”Gra-nanny.\” because their one set of grandparents live in Sweden. Anita\’s parents are dead.
Okay, so because I spent 30+ years taking care of other people\’s kids plus my own 3, I guess I tend to get a bit bossy. So that is why when I do, my husband tells me, \”You are NOT my Nanny.\” to which I reply, \”Aww come on, everybody needs a Nanny.\”
My sons used to tell me that as well. \”Mom quit nannying us.\”
Okay okay – I just automatically go into \”Nanny-mode\”
I loved being a Nanny. Anita actually has an interesting story. She was born and raised in Poland and came to Sweden around 1975. She was around 5 years old. So she speaks both Swedish and Polish. Actually, it was funny; her mother-in-law told me that Anita speaks Swedish with a polish accent and the kids speak Swedish with an American accent, thanks to me. They even say corny American expressions I picked up from my mid-west mother and my dad, who was from Eastern Tennessee.
Yep, those were good times.