Monday, August 27

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

Once upon a time there was
an old woman
a middle aged has been

A Young Girl who got a new job. It was a very exciting job at the International School of The Hague (That's in The Netherlands). While it was a thrill to land a full time job, the young girl suddenly found herself in need of a nanny. Someone who could come to help with her three children. Most especially, she needed a someone to give watchful daily care to her youngest child, a willful, headstrong beautiful and enthusiastic 4-year old boy.

Oh, I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight said the young girl one night when she saw the wishing star up in the sky. She closed her eyes and made her secret wish for a perfect person (someone she already had in mind) to come to her aid.

Meanwhile, across the big wide pond, there was an even younger girl who heard from a little blog bird that the young girl in Holland might be needing a nanny. And she wanted that job.

Through some faerie technological magic the young girl in Holland and the even younger girl in Arizona exchanged notes via the worldwide interweb and discussed all the particulars of the position.

(Now, it just so happens that the young girl and the even younger girl were already acquainted. In fact, they had known each other for many years already. When the even younger girl was even younger she was the babysitter/nanny for these children when they all lived in Arizona.)

So the young girl and the even younger girl decided that it would be the coolest thing ever if they could make this wish turn into something real.

And you know how it works in faerie tales...

The even younger girl contacted her college and put her scholarship on hold for one semester; then she packed her suitcases. This would be her second trip to visit the young girl and her family, but this time she would be staying for THREE MONTHS (which as it happens is exactly the amount of time her tourist visa allows her to stay). For the even younger girl this would be a rich and exciting opportunity to live overseas and experience life in Europe.

For her part, the young girl felt overjoyed that this whole little wouldn't it be nice if... wish had come to such splendiforous realization. Now indeed, she would be able to head off for her first day of work, and all the days thereafter (at least until the THREE MONTHS was over) assured that her children were in loving and capable hands at home.

Where they could all build happy memories together.

And that is how this story begins.


Monday, 27 August 2007

Day ONE at the job!
(I am just a little nervous)


  1. Wow! It really is like a faerytale! Congrats--can't wait to hear how it goes for *ahem* young girl and even younger girl. I'm sure that BOTH will be smashing in their new roles. This story most definitely has a happy ending. :-)

  2. good luck with the nes job.

    And I think the younger girl is very, very lucky to get such an experience - and the young girl is very, very lucky to get the nanny she wanted.

  3. nes job? hmmm.... tis early here.

  4. Wonderful news! So glad things are falling in place.

    Good luck with the new job. Day One is always nerve-wracking!

  5. Sending positive vibes. I am thinking of you and can't wait to hear how it goes.

  6. We are excited to hear how this faery story progresses.

    Thank God for the younger girls! :)

  7. I'm so excited for you and your new job.

    btw, when the even younger girl has to go home because of her visa, I know a not-quite-so-young girl in Miami who would love to help out. lol

    CableDad just found out his company is planning on opening a data center in Amsterdam.... not too far away. :D

  8. btw LOVIN' the Hannibal Smith reference. :)

  9. I've tried praying, begging, and even crying, but I've yet to try star wishing to help me get babysitters. Good luck in the new job.

  10. That is fantastic! You are both so lucky.

  11. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FIRST DAY OF WORK!! Sniff, our little Jenn is growing up.

    Seriously, that is great about "finding" a nanny. Sounds like the stars were aligned.

  12. As a young girl who just turned one year younger, I would like to say that with my knowledge of the younger girl and the young brave, witty, smart uber talented girl (kiss, kiss). I know the Fairytale was ment to be.
    The young girl just may be a fairy godmother in training! She has already made the wish of the younger girl come true! A chance to spend time with "her" kids and share some of their adventures.
    Thank you for not going the priness, queen route with this fairytale. My only options would have been ugly stepmother or evil witch and neither is as great as being a "young" anything!!!!

  13. So where are our first day at work pictures? The new outfit, the new shoes?

    and if you need someone else to be a nanny I have a friend in the Hague whom I believe is finding herself idle these days.

  14. Whee-hee! Workin' Mom again!! Great Nanny story! Somehow I can't ever get my endings right, although they do make for good blogs!! Welcome "younger girl"!! Hope you have fun!

  15. How exciting and cool that you have someone there to take care of your children. Let's hope this doesn't cut in to "our" time and you can fill us full of faerytale's from the working world.

  16. Amazing how, when things are meant to be, everything just clicks.

    I hope your first day is wonderful!

  17. Don't be nervous - everything will be OK. I'm sure the other kids will like you because you're so ... likable. If you need to go potty, just raise your hand and ask. Do you have your lunch? Some pencils and paper and a ruler and your crayons? Then you're all set! I know you'll do really well on your first day. We'll be here when you get home.

  18. Good luck today! I'm sending good vibes. Sometimes life works just the way it should...

  19. I hope it goes wonderfully today. And aren't you lucky to have that wonderful younger girl come and stay! Yippee!!! And it also gives you some time to see if you like the new job and get someone who can stay a bit longer, if need be.

  20. Way to go! Excellent faerytale and I am thrilled for all involved at the "ending." Don't be nervous. Just go be YOU! Have a great time!

  21. Way to go! Thrilled that the faerytale ended up so wonderful for everyone involved. Don't be nervous. Go be YOU! You will be awesome.

  22. That's very cool! I hope your first day went well. :)

  23. Wow, things have just fallen into to place! I hope your first day was fantastic. I can't wait to hear all about it!

  24. now that is just brilliant! here's to young girl and even younger and their new and resumed jobs :)

  25. I tell you, Jenn, tears came to my eyes. Good for the all of you!

  26. Hi,

    Came across your blog (Google). Just wanted to let you know that it is possible for her to stay longer. All she has to do is apply for the au pair visa with your family as her sponsor. This allows her to stay one year.

    Former au pair to The Netherlands