Received Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I saw your Manny! - He's great!
I saw possibly the best manny I have ever seen on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. He was light skin, dark hair, dark eyes, jeans and sweatshirt, about 22 yrs old, a student. Manny picked up boy, brown hair, from private school, about 8 years old, he came out very excited, they chatted, got on their scooters and left.
Later, I find them at pizzeria around the corner. Manny and dc are talking about Pokemon. They get their pizza, manny gives child juice instead of soda, tells him why soda is bad. They start playing game with straws, boy laughs hysterically. Manny's cell phone rings, he silences it. Boy cursed, and manny had conversation about why it is inappropriate to say that word, boy got sad that he upset manny, manny scuffled his hair and told him "is okay bud" - gave him kiss on head, and told him "it's alright kiddo" (by this point every mom and nanny in popular kid pizzeria is looking at how great this guys is - your ds LOVES this guy).
A friend of the boy came over to say hi, manny engaged other child in conversation, gave him high five when he left. I HAD to go up to him and ask if he was sitting for the boy as they could easily pass for brothers the way your son was showing affection for this guy. Very politely, he told me he was and how he's an education student, has worked at various private schools, camps, and is a live in manny for different family other days of week!!! They left, still talking about pokemon, got on their scooters and raced down the sidewalk.
Dear lucky parent, you have the best male sitter I have ever seen. He looks like he loves his job for the right reasons, and does not come off as a jock or sketchy guy sitters like others. Athletic, well-mannered, smart, and amazing with kids. Signed, envious mom.