Hope you’ve been well!!! This past semester has been awful for me- missing you girls, missing LSR, adjusting back to the working pace of Singapore. I must say that since being in Delhi, I really question what I want to be doing once I graduate, which will be like in 4-5 months time!!!!!!! Life passes by too fast my dear.
So this is the book that I have finally finished since the December break. It’s set in New York and tells of an NYU undergrad majoring in Child Development doing her part-time job as a Nanny and whoa and behold, her name is Nan.
She’s great with kids. Just a natural she is. And since she has to finance her rent due to the exorbitant cost of a square foot in New York, she does it by taking care of others’ kids.
One day she bumps into a Mrs X and her family is in need of a nanny. At first I thought… no way, there can only be a Professor X and his ebtourage of X Men! Hahaa. So the child under her care is 4 year old Grayer. Over time Grayer takes a liking and becomes affectionate with Nan.
The book goes through a series of events where we see the incompetence of Mrs X at being a mother, the absence of Mr X and him being more committed to his work, and the women at work more than his family and Grayer’s desire for more attention and affection from his parents. My heart reallu goes out to grayer. Nanny goes beyond her job description just because she starts to love Grayer and feels he deserves so much more than these parents. It’s horrible the emotional load she has to go through.
Grayer just becomes this social accessory for the parents. They refuse to deal with him during tantrums, falls, and expect Nanny to take care of it.
I see parallels with this story and a recent film released by Singapore. That movie won our first Cannes D’OR for best feature film I think. I’ll go and check again. Well both touch upon the issue of domestic help being relied on to take care of the child but in this story, it is much worse. It’s a trend for working parents. After this book it made me realise that I really want to be around my children during their formative years. And hire a babysitter or drop my children at the parents or relatives or a girlfriend’s if I need to do something urgent or go on date nights w my future husband.
Hahaha. Well Nanny gets fired in the end and is wayyy underpaid for all the work she does. Poor Grover. Another beloved nanny out the door. Another round of attachment issues. The X family is stinking rich by the way. Mrs X spends her time at a clubhouse doing manicures, pedicures and going for spa. Such nonsense. I say, if you’re not committed to have a child, don’t. Just horrible how she uses Grayer as bait to keep Mr X around too….
Hope you’ve been enjoying your December holidays!!!! Tell me about your documentary and dissertation! !!!