I gave some quick advice a la text today.
“Sometimes I think we are meant to cross the paths of those who need us and/or we need them. We shall all learn from each other and we will get through this silly adventure called life!”
I am a part-time nanny it seems. This was not in the plan, but the plan changed. Also, my perception changed a bit today. I was telling some friends at the gym why I was late and mentioned that this sweet 8 year old I am taking care of was crying her eyes out before I took her to school because her mom & stepdad left for a mission trip to India early this morning. “Sounds like a great opportunity,” said Austin. “Yeah, it is,” I replied thinking that he was talking about the mission trip. Then he said that Winston Churchill noted that one of the most influential people in his life was his nanny.
I was not expecting that.
Her mom texted in between flights this morning and apologized for having to deal with “some of the icky stuff” as her daughter adjusts to a little of an upside-down life at the moment. I am a mom. I knew she needed to know that I understood the situation and was up for the task, but there was not a lot of time to be profound, so I just typed and sent the text. She was grateful for the response and felt better.
I used to actually believe that stuff I wrote in the text. Until I sent it, I didn’t think I still believed. The irony is not lost on me either. Irony makes me smile, every time. 🙂