(243) Bright sparkling awesomeness – Oder: Unheimlich super Dienstleistungen

Das Dienstleistungsgewerbe lebt hier von schönen Namen. Kindertagesstätten zum Beispiel. Deren Namen müssen immer leuchten und glänzen. Bright Beginnings, Bright Futures, Bright Horizons. Wenn´s nicht leuchtet und glänzt, braucht man sein Kind gar nicht auf die Warteliste zu setzen, denn dann stimmt was mit dem Center nicht. Ehrlich!

Je unangenehmer die angebotene Dienstleistung, desto schöner ist ihr Name. Der Zahnarzt auf der Insel heißt, und das ist nicht erfunden: Dental LoveDa steht also auf dem Praxisschild nicht Dr. med. dent. Müller-Lüdenscheidt, wie bei uns daheim, sondern allen Ernstes Dental Love. Wer möchte nicht dort in Behandlung gehen?
(Schöne Grüße an Linders!)

Ein weiteres Beispiel ist eine Reinigungskraft, die auf Roosevelt Island eine Ich-AG betreibt. Sie nennt sich Sparkling Marianna und pflastert alles mit ihren Anzeigeplakaten zu. Frau Life Science hat sich schon lange gefragt, wer diese Dame wohl sein mag. Ob sie nach dem Putzen noch ein wenig Glitter auf der Anrichte verstreut, als Markenzeichen sozusagen? Neulich war Sparkling Marianna bei einsetzendem Regen an einer Litfaßsäule zu sehen. Sie heftete gerade neue Visitenkarten an ihr Plakat. Das war sie also! Sie sah eigentlich ganz normal aus.

Hochkonjunktur hat momentan das Amazing Nanny-Gewerbe. Viele Akademiker wechseln zu  dieser Zeit des Jahres ihre Jobs, ihren Wohnort und eben auch ihre amazing, awesome, just wonderful caregivers. Da wird das Klinik-Elternnetzwerk zum Umschlagplatz für verwaiste Nannys, deren ehemalige Arbeitgeber das Beste geben, um der Vertrauensperson wenigstens eine lückenlose Weiterbeschäftigung zu ermöglichen, wenn man schon sonst keinerlei arbeitsrechtliche Verpflichtung mit ihr eingegangen ist.

Geduldige Leser finden im Anschluss eine reales Schreiben einer Mutter, das sie pauschal an alle Mitglieder eines Elternnetzwerkes sendet. Sie empfiehlt ihre ehemalige Nanny namens Ayodele, die alles viel besser macht, als es echte Eltern je könnten. Sie ist den ganzen Tag entzückend. Wortreich wird beschrieben, dass Ayodele freiwillig früher kommt und länger bleibt, dass sie nicht den Kühlschrank leerfuttert und das Allerwichtigste: sie hängt nicht am Handy. Ihre Awesomeness fällt sogar Wildfremden auf, die das dann auf Facebook posten, in der Hoffnung, dass diese anonyme Rückmeldung zu guter Letzt bei den zuständigen Eltern landet. Tut sie.

Frau Life Science meint, mit dieser außergewöhnlichen Qualifikation hätte Ayodele längst ein Child Care Center Bright Anything eröffnen sollen oder eine gutgehende Zahnarztpraxis mit dem Namen Sparkling Dents oder Dental Wonder. Jedenfalls hätte Ayodele bei ihrem Einsatz unbedingt eine weniger prekäre Beschäftigung verdient!

Fantastic caregiver available late June

Our son will be starting nursery school this summer which means that our wonderful nanny Ayodele will be available to work with a new family starting June 26. This is truly a bittersweet moment for us, but we will be so happy for  (and slightly jealous of) the lucky family that gains from our loss. We couldn’t have asked for a more loving, responsible, fun, thoughtful and energetic person to join our family and care for our little guy.

The moment we first met Ayodele, her calm, professional and mature demeanor was impressive. At the same time it was obvious that she is a very energetic person. Not only did she give our son all the love and care he needed, she really understood the separation anxiety I felt when leaving him for the first time in those early days. We got frequent updates about how he was doing, what he was up to and often pictures of him going about his day with her. As we got to know her, she impressed us with her untiring work ethic, truly an example to anyone in any profession of someone that sets high standards for themselves. Ayodele arrives promptly each morning, often a few minutes before she is due to give us a hand getting out the door, even helping our older son get ready for school.  She then takes our son out for a fun morning activity, often to the park or playroom, and taking the initiative to seek out fun events around the neighborhood, e.g. at the public library. At the park she has encouraged our son to be active, explore safely and engage his toddler curiosity. Ayodele is NEVER to be found chatting on a cell phone or in any way distracted when she is with our son, she really gives him her undivided attention and is very energetic, playing with him rather than passively sitting around watching as I see many nannies doing. Ayodele brings her own lunch every day and has gotten our son to enjoy healthy food, and will cook for him often.  In addition she has taught him so many little things, from dancing, knowing his numbers and colors and best of all, impeccable manners. She is the perfect combination of loving and firm. Some months ago a complete stranger posted this message about Ayodele to her facebook mom’s group, forwarded to me by a mom I know who recognized my son from the description:

“Awesome nanny alert! The little boy she is with is an adorable red headed boy named Ryan. Your nanny is incredibly sweet and loving with him, she plays games and sings to him on the swing and hugs and kisses him. She’s also so friendly and chats with me whenever I see her at Saint Catherine’s playground. She even said she’d love to set up a play date with my son and I since the weather will be getting colder. Hope Ryan’s mama sees this – you have an amazing nanny!”

Indeed, we did feel like the luckiest parents when we read that! In fact our neighbors, doormen, so many have commented to us about how wonderful she is with the kids, and that is really the best feeling, to know that she is totally what she seems, even when we are not around.

Although Ayodele’s job is to take care of our younger son, both the boys adore her. And Ayodele often begs us to let our older one stay home from school and play and bond with his younger brother, even though this would make so much more work for her. She genuinely enjoys the children and delights in being a part of their lives. And as far as our kids are concerned Ayodele is a huge and beloved part of their lives, even though she only cares for one of them! 

She is also considerate in so many ways:

  1. Whenever one parent is out of town, she will come to work early and leave late (again, completely of her own initiative) to allow the single parent to get ready and herd the family out the door.
  2. While he is napping, she will do any household chores even though we have always emphasized to her that her primary responsibility is to care for our son and knowing how exhausting it is to care for a child I always encourage her to relax while he was napping. However she is one of those people with a ton of energy who always needs to be doing something. The apartment is always gleaming when we get home.I could write so much more – please contact me if you are interested or to be put in touch with her.

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