09 April, 2007

JJ Byrne Park in Brooklyn, New York

Received Monday April 9, 2007
This happened at JJ Byrne Park in Brooklyn on Easter. The occasion was an Easter Egg Hunt and most of the people there were families. A few families brought their nannies. Most of the nannies are the great nannies, but one nanny was completely out of line in her reprimanding of the older child in her care. I had originally assumed she accompanied a parent but she left with both kids by herself so perhaps the family she works for was out of town. The children were a little girl of about two and a boy of about 5. The girl had on reddish hair, a ski style headband over her ears and a pinkish jacket. The boy was wearing a grey sweatshirt hooded blue jacket. (Two materials-one jacket). He had brown hair, brown eyes. Both children were Caucasian. The nanny was about 50 years of age. She had on a long red coat (knee length) and wore ballerina flats with a leopard print and had a hair style that I would imagine an older woman gets done once a week at a salon. Her hair was dark, she had a medium complexion and I am unsure of her ethnicity. This is what troubled me. The little boy was so excited to be hunting for eggs. He wanted to help his little sister find eggs. He had the sweetest smile and you could tell he loved this little girl but nanny didn't want the boy anywhere near him. She kept pushing him off. He wanted to take her hand and lead her away, she literally "karate chopped" his hand away. She was very ornery to this little boy. She picked up the little girl in a huff and carried her away from the little boy. The little boy wasn't even looking at or for eggs. He was just by himself. He slumped to the ground and just watched nanny dote on his sister wistfully. I felt so bad for him. I tried to get my son to go over and play with the child, but the boy buried his face in his jacket sleeve. Unfortunately, I think he perceived the pity I was feeling for him. To the parents of these children- you have two beautiful children, please know how great your little boy is to his sister and how awful your nanny is to him! It was heartbreaking!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should let the organizers of the hunt know about this. There weren't THAT many kids there, so chances are they would know the kids and the parents. That's what I would do.

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't a boy of 5 be able to hunt for eggs? He's still of appropriate age.

Anonymous said...

I was there yesterday also! Anyway, you should post this on the Park Slope Parents yahoo group message board. They were the sponsors of the event and I am sure the parents of these children belong to that group and that is how they knew to send their kids there yesterday. Sorry to hear about this, it was such a good time for the kids, too bad this little boy had his day ruined.

Anonymous said...

What a sad easter story! :(

Yaya said...

The parents couldn't even bring their own kids to an Easter egg hunt? How sad all the memories these parents must be missing out on.

Anonymous said...

I dont reccomend violence, but don't you think that if a stranger or relative or aquaintance hauled off and slapped the piss out of one of these nannies OR mothers who talks to their children like that- that it would be the LAST time they ever did it???

Anonymous said...

5:15 -- and the irony is that the vigilante would be the one who gets in trouble, while the one who initiated the abuse would not only get away with it, but probably win a lawsuit.

I'm trying ot imagine what, besides illness, would keep me away from my child's Easter egg hunt.

Anonymous said...

This is a good post, & I hope the parents see it. I have to wonder though, what kind of parents make their nanny work on Easter Sunday?!

MB said...

what a bitch, sorry but its people like the one described here, that i want to slap some sense into.

Anonymous said...

So did you tell the owner of PSP ? Or decide not to do anything about it and let the nanny get away with her beastly behavior?

I'm thinking that if the kids were with a nanny on Easter, the parents probably aren't sitting around reading this log.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 7:54. If these parents couldn't be with their children on EASTER SUNDAY, they definitely aren't sitting around reading this blog. And if by some chance they did see this, I doubt they care. They just need someone to watch their children so they don't have to. They wouldn't fire the nanny.

Anonymous said...

It is even more important that parents who are less than parents find a good nanny who really cares.