It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Happy Valentine’s Day

My clients love me a little bit more today. Some of them love me a lot more, maybe.

Yesterday, you see, was Valentine’s Day. (In case any of you missed the past three weeks of PINK! RED! HEARTS! FLOWERS! LOVE! CANDY! CARDS!)

And, because I am a gem among caregivers, on Valentine’s Day I offer extended hours. I stay open an extra three hours, so that the parents can have an actual, kid-free evening, during which they may, if they so choose, have an actual DATE.

And if they didn’t so choose, let me tell you, I’ll be pissed. I worked 12 hours yesterday, so they could have a FABULOUS, STRESS-FREE, WORRY-FREE, KID-FREE ROMANTIC EVENING. I also woke at 4:15 yesterday morning. (No, that wasn’t their fault, but I’ll include that in my grievance against them if they didn’t spend every second of their extra hours blissed out by the wonderfulness that is their spouse and their marriage.)

But, hey. No pressure, guys…

In truth, when they came to collect their small wonders, they all showed up as couples, and they all appeared to be happy. That’ll do. They were pretty cute. One couple had gone out for gelato; another had gone skiing; one had managed a dinner out, and one couple didn’t say what they’d done, but I’ll just say they looked very… mellow and relaxed. πŸ™‚

I think my Valentine Gift was a success.

February 15, 2012 - Posted by | holidays, Mischief |


  1. You are awesome. I hope you and your lovely husband were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day in some way.

    Not yet, but we will! Though he did surprise me with roses on the weekend, and I gave him his gifts yesterday morning, our ‘official’ date isn’t till the weekend, when we’ll dress up and go to a favourite, rather nice, restaurant.

    Comment by Marci | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  2. Oh, Best. Gift. Ever. Wow – I’m seriously impressed!

    Impressive for the parents, and not that hard for me. A win-win.

    Comment by Sarah | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  3. Holy GOD you have raised the bar very very high. What a wonderful gift! Maybe if I’m still doing this gig when my own kids are old enough that I get date night sometimes, I might offer it, too. πŸ™‚

    You’re right: I never offered this when my children were little. I don’t need a babysitter any more: my kids are the babysitters! World of difference.

    Comment by Hannah | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  4. You are FABULOUS! My beloved and I snuck a lunch date while our only child was at school. (Shh! Don’t tell him, it would most likely break his little heart!)

    Good for you for managing it somehow! (And, though he might like to have been there, too, it’s good for him (increases security and good stuff like that) for him to know you guys care for each other even when he’s not around!)

    Comment by Chelsea Croteau | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  5. You are amazing! We went out for dinner with the kiddo πŸ™‚

    Comment by Shachi Thakkar | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  6. What a wonderful gift! My husband isn’t one to acknowledge the holiday much, but he did get up at 4 am with a vomiting son, so I’ll take that as an expression of his love.

    Comment by My Kids Mom | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  7. What a truly great gift to the parents! I’m happy that my kids are now old enough that we can leave them home for afew hours. Or once, we ate at one restaurant with some friends and let them go down the street to another by themselves. Win-win. We got dinner with friends, they got pizza and to feel grown up.

    Comment by Katherine | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  8. Oh, this was my gift to my employers as well! I had my hubby over and we wrangled the children so their lovely, lovely parents who are three weeks post-partem could have an evening out.

    Comment by Samantha | February 15, 2012 | Reply

  9. Talk about above and beyond. You are a rockin’ caregiver. Had to giggle about the couple who didn’t say what they were up to but looked mellow and relaxed, that pretty much says it all. πŸ˜€ Hope you and Hubby also had a lovely Valentine’s Day.

    Comment by Sheri | February 16, 2012 | Reply

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