Before I begin, I should probably give a cast of players so as not to confuse:
The Nanny: Lindsay (moi)
Child 1, Age 12: Morgan
Child 2, Age 9: Josh
Pooches: Max and Molly
In the midst of my almost perpetual frustration with my job (for those of you out of the loop, I’m a live-in nanny), there are moments which make me forget any dislike I might carry with me from day to day.
I was sitting at the kitchen table helping Morgan with her homework while Jeff sorted through bills. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but something triggered Morgan into telling me about the sordid history of her dad’s side of the family. It went something like this:
Morgan: I have a cousin who is 19 and is about to have a baby and she doesn’t know who the father is.
Morgan: Yeah, she’s 19 and doesn’t know who the father is and her mother is a LESBO.
Lindsay: (stares increduously and laughs)
Morgan: And she always brings her “partner” to family stuff.**
Josh: What are you guys laughing about?
Lindsay: Morgan was telling me about your cousin that’s going to have a baby.
Josh: Oh yeah, her mom’s a lesbian! And she always brings her friend, I mean her “partner,” to stuff.
Lindsay: (cracks up)
** Morgan did, in fact, use air quotes when she said the word “partner.” It was hilarious.
So even though my job seems to have more downs than ups, it’s moments like these that make me forget the downs and take the time to laugh. And let’s face it, it’s always comforting to know that I’m not the only one with a weird family.