Received Saturday, January 27, 2007
Obviously, I can't be positive, but I think this sighting was of me. I'm a Tribeca nanny for a two and a half year old boy whom I take to a class at Sydney's playground every week. Both the physical description of the nanny, the child, and the fact that I was watching a DVD on my laptop (I've never seen anyone else at Sydney's with a computer) match me.
Everything she wrote is accurate, except for one major detail: during the time I was drinking coffee and watching my computer (The West Wing on DVD--I'm quite addicted) my charge was in his class and 100% not my responsibility. He's in a closed classroom with his teachers and if I wanted to I could leave the building during the hour and a half he's in class--but I like sitting in the cafe and I like knowing that if there is a problem (or just a dirty diaper) I am easy to find. I also like watching the other kids playing in the play space, especially while I'm having my 'down time' and don't have to mitigate disputes over the slide or about sharing cars, etc.
I'm kind of surprised by this poster, it shouldn't have been so hard to tell that I wasn't caring for a child because during that time of day there are usually 3 or 4 other caregivers/moms in the cafe who are also without their kids. It's strange that she got all the details right, and yet missed the major part of me not having a kid to take care of at that time. My charge and I do frequently play in the playground when his class is over, but I would never sit up at the cafe (which is above the play space), work on my computer or even read a magazine while I'm actively watching him. Moreover, I don't think I could get away with it, because he's at the age where he really needs to know he has someone's undivided attention. He's constantly checking in, wanting me to look at him and watch what he's doing. There's no way he would ever let me get away with being so passive as to sit high above where he was playing and just glance down at him occasionally--and I wouldn't do it even if I thought he would let me. We're total buddies, I've been his family's full time nanny since before he was born, and I'm very glad that--for all she got wrong--the OP did note that he and I get along well and have a great deal of affection for each other, because that's the truth.
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