In reality, we probably waited 1 year too long in deciding that we didn’t need a nanny for our kids, but that’s beside the point.
The other day was the last day where she worked for us and she had been working for us for about 7 years.
We’d had our moments, as any employer-employee relationship would, and certainly toward the end, when I started to question the value in my mind, the emotions changed, but when she left for the last time, I got nostalgic and even a bit choked up.
Now, I’m not the most sentimental or emotional person around, but when she left, I had two realizations.
The first-the kids are growing up. You know that, of course, but sometimes the reminders are jarring.
Second-and more powerful-was a profound sense of appreciation for her efforts. For many years, she was an instrumental force in caring and nurturing these babies into the children they have become. She had reinforced the NFO and my values and served as our proxy.
When they look back on their lives, they may not remember her, but it’s pretty powerful to think about how important she was to their lives.
I am feeling a true sense of gratitude for her efforts…and, yes, I wrote her a note to tell her so.