About two years ago we bid farewell through tears to our beloved nanny in California, Livy. We didn’t know how we were lucky enough to find a woman like her. She loved our kids with her full heart, and it was crushing to leave her behind when we packed up and headed for Massachusetts.
Turns out lightening can strike twice. We interviewed a number of nanny candidates, but one really stood out for us. We thought one person had an easy disposition, had solid education and great experience, and made us feel at ease in her presence. The kicker was when one of her references told Bixie: “Congratulations on finding Kayla.”
Congratulations? What a thing to say.
And what an understatement. Moving back home was jarring for many reasons, but Kayla stepped into our home and into our lives and made the transition just a little bit easier. The kids gravitated to her immediately, and she essentially took “worrying about the kids” off the table, just when we needed it most.
She’s a beautiful young lady, and actually looks like she’s one of my wife’s sisters, with the Italian-dark features and a smile that lights up a room and quickly calms a child. Or in our case, two children who desperately needed to feel structure after being ripped from the care of Livy and our home in Sausalito, overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Because of her consistently great work with our kids, and because of her big, good heart, we fell in love with Kayla and welcomed her unreservedly into our family. The kids have come to know her as a second mother, and it’s a designation I know Kayla welcomes and Bixie appreciates immeasurably.
The good news? The PR firm she’s joining happens to be Matter Communications – where Bixie and I work! So not only will she hear constant updates about the boys, but she will need to get a regular fix of Gus and Ozzie via “babysitting” assignments.
I’m grateful for this, her continued presence in our family and in our work life. My wife and I are truly fortunate to have met Kayla and her amazing family. We’ll miss Kayla in our home day-to-day, but this time around we’ll be able to make sure the boys get to see the woman they love so much.
Goodbye, Kayla. And hello.