It’s Not All Mary Poppins

“Peekee boo!” Nissa pulls the coffee shop napkin away from her face, and giggles as the other children laugh in excitement. “Peekee boo!” She loves playing to the gallery, and she really loves making the others laugh. Depending on whether she uses her powers for good or evil, she’ll either be her future teachers’ delight, or the bane of their existence.

Right now, she’s delightful.

“Oh, they’re so sweet!” The elderly fellow leans over from the next table. His eyes sparkle as the children laugh again. “The expressions on their faces are so vibrant!” Much like his, I might add. His hair is white, his face wrinkled and the skin on his hands papery, but he radiates life and positivity. I warm to him immediately.

His equally delightful wife agrees. “That’s sure a lively little crew you have there, and so well-behaved! How old are they?”

I tap small heads as I identify them. “Emily is four, Noah is two and a half, Nissa is eighteen months, and the baby is eight months old.”

Her eyes widen. “Goodness! We didn’t even notice the one in the stroller!”

“I’ll bet you’re done now!” he chortles. And you know what? I join right in. I am done. No need to point out I’ve been “done” for sixteen years… I’ll take it as a compliment that 1) I look young enough to have an 8-month-old baby (!!!) and 2) I’m doing my job well enough that I can be mistaken for their mother, not a hired gun, and 3) they commented on the childrens’ excellent behaviour, which, unlike many women out there, I take as a direct tribute to my hard work.

The fellow drapes his napkin over his face, then whips it away.


The children shriek in glee, the wonderful couple chortle along with them. Faces light up around the room.

Some days? Some days I cannot believe I get paid to do this.

October 26, 2009 - Posted by | our adoring public, outings | , , , , , , , ,


  1. And the scary part is that they all could be yours!!!

    Comment by jwg | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. I remember you talking about how sometimes it’s fun to speculate on what kind of weird things would have had to happen for you to have “had” all your daycare kids. This time it seems actually possible!

    My favorite part of my commute for a while was watching the long toddling line of daycare kids going to the park in the morning. It’s been too rainy for them to be out, but I loved watching the people-in-charge herd the little ones around. I just mention this because I always thought of your blog when I saw them.

    Comment by Becka | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. Awwww, that is so great. I think it should be mandatory that we all have days like that at least once a week. 🙂

    Comment by Zayna | October 26, 2009 | Reply

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