Thursday, 23 June 2016
Four lizards, a sheep, a snake, three cats and a few dogs
This week I have been hired to help out with a pair of six month old twins. What the client wants is a nanny, though I was hired as a postpartum doula and it is reminding me of exactly why I am a doula and not a nanny. I don't have the stamina or dexterity that is needed for nannying but I am good at the encouraging, making cups of tea and offering perspective which are essential to postpartum support.
Anyways, the finer points of service industries aside, I was walking the wee charges round the block today in a vain attempt to get them to nap and as I walked past what I think is the only free-standing house in all of Alexandria there was a girl of about eight standing on the footpath.
"I know those babies.....they live in one of the the grey houses (she is right) ......Are you the mum? .....I know the other babysitter too"
"Do you live here?" I asked her "do you like it here?"
"It's like a farm, we have so many pets we have four lizards, a sheep, three cats and a few dogs. We used to have a goat....out there......in the back yard"
Her smaller brother tried to show me his toy monkey but he was standing well back and her confidence overwhelmed proceedings a little.
I'm rather hoping that I might be asked to walk the twins again tomorrow and if I am I think I will take the same route