Last day of NaBloPoMo
The last day is a Sunday, the day I’m most likely to forget…. AND my parents will be here so hopefully we are doing something fun so I’m pre-writing this to put my mind at ease.
Today I want to tell a story. It isn’t my story exactly, it is my sisters (and her family) and it is so bad it wraps around to funny again. Technically it is more funny because I got to ‘enjoy’ it from afar, and, teasing your sister is fun.
A young family; 4 kids under 10, mom is a nurse with crazy hours that only nurses can understand/survive, and, an active duty pilot dad who too long ‘vacations’ to ‘sandy places’ and even when he was home he had flights and duties at all odd hours. What is a responsible family to do about the inevitable time they are both away? Who will wash/feed/entertain/transport/and love their crew when they are working? Hire a Nanny of course.
Nanny #1 was an angel. A Texan in every sense of the word from big heart to big personality, she loved those kids and when she went to go get married (and move) the bar was set high!
I only mention nanny #1 because how could any other nanny measure up, this was actually part of the problem, since nobody they interviewed was ‘as good’ they had to settle…. they thought that their eyes were just dazzled by the brilliance of #1 but little did they know they accidently allowed an entirely sub par person into their life.
Over the next while (not sure how long actually) she started with the little things like things going missing. “Maybe we lost it?” they think. Then expensive lotions etc were all used up without permission or exclamation. “Maybe I forgot I used it?” they think. Then there was the time she hit a big rock with their car and didn’t fess up – news flash; 8 year olds are very good reporters and when backed up by siblings parents go with the eye witness. Things go this way with none of the kids even liking her that much but with all the life happening there is no time to replace her. Devil you know and all. My sister comes back from a deployment and after this and that decides to go back to school and stay home full time thus making the Nanny a moot point. This did save them any actual confrontation and everyone parted in the standard midwest way.
Or so you might think…..
My sister suddenly could not get any UPS delivery left at her door. This is VERY annoying since she feels it a duty to help support Amazon and we also like to send her presents. “Why has UPS decided to hate us?” they say…. After months of this, and, the holiday season is suffered though my sister has some time to kill and a fully charged cell and she works her way through the maze of service prompts to finally find out that Someone had filed many many lost item claims at the house over the past few months. Now here is the thing, my sister was deployed during the time so she was not ordering, however, #2 was there very often. Dan is a go to the store type. Smart as they are the kids would not order online and even if they did they would not call and tell the company that the goods never arrived. Are you coming to the same conclusion we did? Ah… yup. Now this is technically between UPS, the various merchants, and her – but, a curious thing indeed. “Let’s not borrow trouble” they say “she is gone, this just makes it easier to not miss her and hey, UPS will deliver now”
A few months later, like a bad penny….
She SUES them! For unpaid overtime… Thankfully my sister has a lawyer friend who advised her wisely and after a painful check was written we think this HAS to be the END of her. The merits of the case are actually neither here nor there because what it would cost to go to court would have been far more then what she wanted. (a part of me, the suspicious sister, wonders if she totally knew that…)
now this HAS to be the end right? Well, I did tell you it would get funny
She has listed them AS A REFERENCE!!!! for NANNY JOBS!!! Maybe they would be a good reference if she was trying to get into Slimeball Academy for professional Slimeyness but she should not be left in your home. Don’t worry, after my sister stops laughing at the poor women who call, she gives them the outline and basically says “Keep looking, there are awesome nannies out there and they are worth the trouble to find”
Like the story of Other Kate, this one is ongoing. 2 people so far have called. Seriously, to put people you sued (even if all the other stuff was imagined) as a reference does not speak well of what you have done to the other people you worked for.
I really really really want to put her whole name here so when people google search they might find this. I leave it up to my sister if she feels like putting the name in the comments. I can laugh at the situation in general but I have more charity in my heart then to internet tarnish her further. For all I know she is doing a bang up job of it herself~