After two years as a nanny, today was my very last day with the kids.
This is Campbell when I first started working for them.
This is Campbell today.
I have watched this little man grow teeth, sprout hair, take first steps, learn words, and bust some sweet moves while dancing to primary hymns. Yes, you read that right. 'Give said the little stream' is definitely a rockin jam. I will miss watching him learn to swim, play with legos, watch thomas the train episodes, (over & over) eat pb&j, and take very long peaceful naps. (Which didn't happen nearly enough).
The kids have taught me a lot about life. For instance, how short it is. In the blink of an eye, the toddler you know and love, will grow up into a little boy using big words like "gently" and "exceptional". (I really truly don't know where he comes up with these things. I had no idea Dora the explorer was so fluent in fancy words!)
The experience I have taken by being with this sweet family has put me ahead of the game when I eventually start a family of my own. I know how to change diapers, (nasty, and/or leaking), But more importantly, I learned how to potty train an adventurous 2 year old. I now know that just because they are cleaning their room, it doesn't mean that it is actually happening. I learned that too much TV, an overdose of sugar, and no nap, can lead to very large tantrums and loss of bodily functions. I can recognize the signs of small frustrations and little victories coming from a 6 year old. I can teach a 5 year old how to tie her shoes, a 2 year old to not scream, and a 4 year old how to play basketball (rules included.)
Although the time has come to move on to different life experiences that will include a new occupation, I will always remember my time with the little ones. I didn't teach a classroom full of students, but I DID teach them life skills and common sense. I didn't perform surgeries, but I DID kiss many booboos and apply many band aids. I didn't make 5 course meals, but I DID create healthy meals so they could grow big and strong. I Didn't solve equations, but I DID complete the task of problem solving with a carpool of 5 children. I didn't make millions of dollars, but I DID gain priceless lovin and experience that I will cherish forever.
I am so grateful and glad that I could be there with them and see them grow into beautiful individuals with a zest for happiness and a joyful spirit. I love them dearly, and I hope that in the future they will sit around and talk amoungst themselves about the coolest nanny they all enjoyed named Cat.
I can only hope they will say nice things, and conveniently forget the time that Cat lost her marbles and sang Glee in the car for a week, or made quesidillas for a good portion of the 2 years. Hey, im not Mary Poppins....besides, I would never be caught dead walking around in that hideous white outfit. BY THE WAY- a spoonful of sugar does NOT make the medicine go down...just...in case you were wondering.