Edited to add: It has been harder than we anticipated to get a visa for Rose to work overseas, so she is looking for a nanny job in Joburg instead. She is originally from JHB and is moving back home this weekend. Anyone know of someone who is looking for a Super Nanny in JHB?
Those of you who have been reading my blog for the past 10 years or so will know that my kids and I have been incredibly privileged to have a very special person in our lives to help raise my children. Rose joined our family a week before the twins were born to help me take care of them. (It was supposed to be a month and a bit before they were born but they decided to come early.)
I have often said that Rose is my special gift that I got after going through all the shit I did to have my children. It was as if the universe said “right, you have had an extra shitty time up until now, but here you go – I am sending you Rose to make up for all of that”. I am not sure what I would have done without Rose. Rose helped me so, so much, especially in the first year after the twins were born. Rose loved and cared for my children as if they were her own. In fact, my children believed that Rose’s surname was Albertyn for a long while because they totally thought she was part of our family. They have a mom, a dad and a Rose. If you look back at their family drawings, you will see Rose in all of them.
Rose has been my backup, my children’s other mother for 10 years. I am eternally grateful to her. But it is time for Rose to do something new; she is itching to take on a new chapter in her life. And as sad as that makes me, I fully support her in this. She wants to broaden her horizons and taken on new challenges. Plus her true love is newborns and little babies. She is just unbelievable with babies, and that is what makes her happiest. My children are getting bigger now and although she loves them very much, she needs a bit of a change. And she wants to travel overseas to experience new countries and cultures before she is old like me :)
So, I am putting it out there – Rose would like to be a nanny to a family overseas who need help to take care of a baby or two. Any time from the next month or two or three. I know that many South Africans Au Pair overseas for families abroad. It would be great for her to live overseas for a while, and any family who has Rose as their nanny will be getting the best person they could ever have dreamed of!! She is brilliant brilliant brilliant with kids, she is so hard working, reliable, honest, decent, clever. In return, you would have to accommodate her, pay her an appropriate salary and mostly, treat her with the respect she deserves. You would obviously have to find out what your country’s requirements are in terms of work visas etc. She doesn’t really mind where she goes. She is English speaking.
Please pass the word along to your friends or family if you know they could do with a Rose. I think everyone would love to have a Rose! Please email me to tertiaa @ gmail . com if you are keen.
Some older pics of Rose and the twins