Received Thursday, March 26, 2009
I was so angry I was shaking. I saw a morbidly obese black women dressed in very loud prints. her pants almost resembling chef attire and her shirt emblazoned with a gold embossed logo over multi colored graffiti. Her eyes were somewhat buggy, but otherwise she was attractive, she wore her hair in lose braids, just below her ear and wore gold earrings that were fairly large. She had with her an older child who must have been her biracial daughter. The daughter was lighter skinned, but had the same features as the mother and although the child was only 8-10, she had on long, false nails that were painted psychedelic green, very bright. The little girl was helping Mom with the child, a cranky baby girl of about 8 months. The baby was dressed in a plum colored jacket with a bow tie at the top and she had very sparse, blonde hair. The baby sucked on a boinky and seemed to be trying to find comfort (teething), when she could not find relief, she would hurl her boinky as far as she could. The child would also bang her little fists on the stroller. She might have been as old as 12 months, now that I think about it. She was wearing traditional baby shoes in style, but in patent black leather. The nanny was on her phone laughing and gabbing it up. The child was crying and the older girl was trying to keep her calm when the nanny yelled at the older child not once or twice, but a number of times. She then put her hand over the cell phone and screeched, "maybe she wants out of the stroller, you think a' that" and the little girl tried to get her out. The baby was being uncooperative and so it was a struggle. The nanny reached over and flicked the older girl on the back of the head. The girl reached up and rubbed her head and said something like "I'm trying". The mother went back to the phone talking about clothes and weekend plans and the little girl now had the child out of the stroller and was trying to hold on to her (awkwardly) and trying to sooth her (unsuccessfully). The baby continued to throw her boinky and the child would attempt to get it and the way she bent with the child, I was certain she was going to hurt the child or drop her. One of the last times I witnessed the boinky fall, I scuttled over there and grabbed it and I said words to "you look like you have your hands full". The little girl smiled shyly. I told her, "I think she's teething". Now the mother of the older child/nanny looks over at me and once again covers the phone and says, "what what WHAT, WHAT WHAT", about nine times. I had no words. The woman was SCARY the way she responded to me just helping her child with the boinky. Please don't tell me that the older child should be learning responsibility, the baby was in pain and very uncomfortable and the nanny should have gotten off the phone. I would never hire a nanny for my child that mistreated her own child, especially physically abused her child. I have to imagine this is a recession era nanny, she clearly had no regard for children and no common sense. ** There was nothing here for the baby to do, the older child was busy with the baby but the nanny ate and ate and ate. In fact she was shoving pizza in her mouth while she was gabbing on the phone and she had zero etiquette. I shudder remembering..