Margaret Thatcher famously disclaimed having an au pair,
her children’s upbringing was, she said
overseen by a nanny – “an English nanny.”
An English nanny –
as reliable as good behavior at a funeral.
Not the risqué stories and drunkenness of a wedding.
A nanny :
skirt below the knee
top button – buttoned.
No flights of fancy,
flirtation …or worse.
I always said I was a probationary employee.
Probation sounded sensible –
temporary equated with finite.
Probation : expected to meet defined standards.
I could. And was.
What happens when a knot loosens?
A hard-working and reliable nanny
asked to stay in, so employees can go out – no payment –
but the keeper of the house knows,
about the Christmas holiday to Barbados.
Dates booked – numbers yet to be confirmed.
There was no path –
people just made one to my door ….
could I help them with ???
…. hops, raspberries, asparagus…..
What might a trade unionist have said
“ NOT YOUR JOB.”
I said, “YES” –
I had a destination in mind – permanent staff.