Received Friday, October 5, 2007
I oberseved an incident that was odd, but may not be bad. I am reporting it because if it were my nanny and I chanced upon it, I would be someone unhappy. I was at Bryant Park and there was a nanny and a little boy with straight, dark hair that was grown to a longer length and fell in the front. The boy was overweight and yet dressed in very trendy, high end clothing and had a blue bead necklace on; the sort one would make in camp. The nanny was a squatty, Hispanic or Native American woman in her fifties wearing a light blue t-shirt, blue pants and generic white canvas tennis shoes. Her hair was thin and in a pony tail. They were sitting on the ground with a plaid pink and yellow canvas bag and having a picnic. Inside the bag was half a loaf or so of rainbow bread. The nanny opened the bag, pulled out a slice; pulled off the crusts, threw the crusts down and rolled the bread part in to a ball and she handed it to the boy. The boy would then eat this little ball of bread. She did this about 10 times. So the boy ate about ten balls of bread, possibly more. Some of the time I observed the nanny sitting with her palms down on the grass. They were not up on a table, they were sitting right on the lawn. And, although there was a blue towel on the ground, the nanny was not really on it at all. It made my stomache turn to see her roll the bread in her dirty hands. The nanny was drinking out of a one liter bottle of pepsi. That is the very large bottle and anytime the boy asked for pepsi, she gave him some. The boy was about 4. It is hard to tell because he was overweight and may also be tall for his age. Let me stress, I know this is not a bad nanny. I just SAW this nanny and it made me appreciate my nanny who would never give my child a slice of white bread let alone multiple balls of white bread.