Received Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I had been at the park yesterday morning and saw two things that were troubling. The first one was a nanny, probably Polish with brownish hair, about 45 years old. She was dressed kind of frumpy and had two little children with her. One was a very pale boy with short dark hair, big eyes, wearing a grey sweater with a white collared shirt under it. The other was a chubby girl of about 6-7. She was wearing a yellow and pink color block sweater.
The nanny was sitting the children on a white wall with designs and trying to take their pictures. She was barking orders at them in a really mean voice and with a thick accent. She kept pushing them this direction or that and was very rough with them. She tried to get the girl's headband in her hair a few times. She was trying to get all of the hair to tuck behind her ear. Well I guess the girl moved or something because the nanny slapped her in the face, threee times. They weren't hard slaps, but she slapped her three quick slaps. I was shocked and not even sure I had seen what I had seen. The nanny was facing somewhat away from me. She didn't do anything after that, she got the pictures she wanted. She was taking the pictures with a silver digital camera that was very square and shiny. The nanny was wearing a croc style shoe with wool inside of it, blue knit pants and a brown cardigan.
The other thing I noticed wasn't really a bad nanny sighting. It just disappointed me on several levels. There was an African American nanny wearing an Andy Warhol styled Baraq Obama printed t-shirt (light pink). She had a little blonde girl about 2 years old in a Graco blue plaid stroller. She was talking to a hispanic nanny taking care of a baby that was under 1. The African American nanny was talking about MLK and Obama and started cursing. "Mother Fuckers need to know. We're gonna represent. Fucking changes is coming". I feel racist for even recounting this conversation. Do know that it went on for at least five minutes in the presence of her charge and several other children.