Nov 02, 2018 Update on our Nanny Alexandra
Alexandra came out to visit us for a couple weeks and just flew home today. She really missed the kids. . . I mean I am sure she missed me too. . a little. When the kids saw her they instantly ran to her. Wren was particularly clingy for the first few days not wanting her far out of sight. She thinks Wren has changed the most and in her words has become “much more cheeky.” There was a settled feeling about us coming back together and seeing us in our new lives and new happiness.
She said she feels like she glimpsed what life is like as a mom and one day she knows this will be her life with her own family. She mentioned how fortunate she feels for living with and loving children before she has her own. Seeing the work load of the daily details helped her understand what it takes to manage her future family.
She is more qualified than I ever was before I had my first born, Porter. Motherhood is not what it seems, at least it wasn’t for me. Resentments bloomed in me in those early years when I felt like I’d given up more of my life than I had planned on. When a day with a hot bright sun and minted green leaves felt like it was swallowing me whole as the hours crawled by with a new born in the house. I struggled to find my belonging in this new role. I didn’t have any previous experience with child care. I am happy that Alexandra took away so much about family and parenthood after living with us.
Currently Alexandra is going to Colledge in the North of England for Environmental Studies to be a climate activist. In January she will be spending 3 months in India to help educate different regions and apply what she has learned to the real world. After school she hopes to work with a charity or organization that battles climate change through education.
When she traveled with us to places like the Solomon Islands, Africa, and other third world countries she saw how poverty and litter go hand in hand. She sensed a big need for help and schooling in that sector and wants to dedicate her work and time here.
Before she left us I wanted to get her opinion on America and compiled a short list of her answers. Most of which are all car related LOL!
Positive Things About America
The pneumatic bank tubes blew her mind! She has never seen anything like it and wondered how new this technology is (it’s old!).
Big wide open roads
Loves that you can make a right hand turn on a red light
Free parking everywhere
Customer service in every store is amazing
A lot of ample space for houses and yards. Not crowded unlike Europe.
Negative Things About America
Consumption is more acceptable, whereas in Europe she feels it is more frowned upon.
Use of single use items like cups and plates in restaurants and people’s homes
The fact that so many restaurants have plastic forks – in europe you see a lot more biodegradable utensils.
So many big cars on the road consuming a lot of fuel