My sister just turned me on to this ad for a nanny on Craigslist, covered by the NYTimes and making its way across the web. I would love to meet its author, Rebecca Land Soodak. Despite admitting to being "deeply sensitive" and "a know it all", "loud" and "pushy", she sounds interesting and humorous. And she might have a funny story or two about her children.
My favorite excerpts: "I need a team player...Help me dear G-d keep track of our skim milk supply and also, also, also, what should I make for dinner tomorrow night?"
"I don't want someone who has a lot of theories on the right way to raise kids, because in the end, I'm just a woman doing my best. I'm willing to learn from you, or anyone, but not so much about how i should parent my spawn."
"I work from home, so you get the pleasure of being hounded by me all day long. and, you get to pretend to like me, because I am deeply sensative. (but well dressed and a know it all, a winning combination I assure you.)"
And yes, she found a nanny.
I think my nanny ad would read:
"An extra $5 if you can get my daughter to brush her teeth."
"Job entails getting daughter dressed in morning and breakfast. Hair brushing and face washing not necessary or expected."
"Must be able to locate 'honey bunny', beloved stuffed animal with blanket, at all times."
"If you comment on my housekeeping, that's a deal-breaker-- after you pick up."
"If I mention I want something done, I mean now, like right-this-very-second and even a slight hesitation drives me crazy. But I'm pretty easy-going, otherwise."