Received Tuesday, February 5, 2008- Perspective & Opinion
I have a problem. I didn't see it coming. I took a job with a family that seems as great as they did when I originally interviewed. The children seem even better. They are more generous than I ever imagined possible. The problem is I replaced their nanny of 5 years. Before I took the job, I spoke with her. She in part, sold me on this job. She told me how wonderful everyone was. She is working at a hospital about ten minutes away from where the family lives. She talks about her job as if she really enjoys it. I know she went to school for awhile to get her degree to work in this capacity. The problem is, she visits. That isn't so bad. She calls to check on me when she isn't visiting. Okay, maybe she is just being nice. She emails my boss, her former boss everyday. She shares stories with her about her new coworkers. My boss comes home and tells me and her husband about the emails. This usually leads to another "Mary" story or a child will want to call "Mary". Last night, the husband reminded the wife to pick out something for "Mary" for Valentine's Day. In April, "Mary" is going to Florida and she is staying with the children's grandparents. Everyone loves "Mary". In fact when people meet me, they invariably ask me about "Mary" and always tell me to 'Tell "Mary" we said hi'. I have only been here 4 1/2 weeks and I really like these people and really enjoy working with children in general. Question, will I ever get out from "Mary's" shadow?