Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Question of the Week

Got Nanny?

Nannies. I just love the idea of a Neels nanny--a faithful and mostly trustworthy (there were the few times that the faithful retainer attempted to sabotage a Brit nurse's recently contracted MOC by brainwashing her little charges) matronly type with no family to speak of except for the odd niece (who is the perfect age and disposition to surrender her independent will to short people wholly unrelated to her) or sister (who runs a boarding house).

Some of the Bettys have had nannies (Betty Sherri). Some of them were nannies (Betty Kylene and Betty Suzanne). But what is my own opinion?

I actually love the idea of nannies if you need a child care option. But for me they would be a disaster. My native disposition, unfettered by the daily demands of reality, is so bone-idle that I would quickly devolve into Professor Maximillian van der Hoevel's feather-brained sister who hands off her child at any pair of willing (or unwilling) hands. I've been raising babies for the last decade which has forced me into unnatural activity that already (with my youngest nudging two) is becoming cast away from my in-born personality. (Cue the sounds of trains uncoupling.) Thank heavens I didn't have a nanny (or enthusiastic mother-in-law) or I wouldn't have managed even basic competency in all those messy but necessary feeding-changing-cradling-nursing skills.

Most people are better than me.

My question is: What do we really think about the Neels nanny?