Babysitter Writes Mom A Note About Son
Marilyn Caylor 1/3/2019
Long gone are the days when a "typical" family unit consisted of dad in the role as breadwinner, mom took care of the house and raised Jr., and everyone lived happily ever after. These days single-parent households are just as common as two-income earning ones, and surviving in this world means shoving off to work every day.
It's hard for a mom to be separated from her baby for any length of time, but sadly 38-year-old Charlie Kirkaldy had no choice but to return to work when her son was only 10 months old. She hired a childminder to watch after her little one, but after just one day on the job the new sitter wrote Charlie a note, leaving the mom in tears.
While homeschooling has become more popular in recent years, and married couples willingly adjust to living on less so they can raise their children themselves, this scenario isn't a possibility for everyone. Charlie, who's from Workingham in Berkshire, England, found herself having to go back to work a few months after her son, Sam, was born. She told the Huffington Post:
"It's always so hard leaving your child when you go back to work but for many it's a necessity. This morning I experienced a range of emotions: nervousness and excitement at the prospect of going back to work, but the overriding feeling was sadness and guilt for leaving my son in the care of somebody we've only recently met."
Charlie's 10-month-old had previously spent a two-hour "settling in" session with the babysitter, but this was the first time the two would be spending the whole day together. It was also a big day for Charlie, since she was catching a train to London to start a new job, which was an hour and 15 minutes commute one way.
When the anxious mom returned home, she found a note on the dining room table that had been left there for her by the babysitter. The woman was also thoughtful enough to leave some other goodies behind, which were a perfect accompanyment to the note's sweet sentiments, which read:
"For you today will feel so long, so here's a little something to keep you strong. Tissues to wipe away your tears, invisible reassurance to ease your fears. Coffee to drink and take a while, to paint back on a make-believe smile. Chocolate to make it a bit more okay, and to help you get to the end of the day."
The childminder ended the letter by soothing Charlie's worries, telling her that "Sam will be fine - happy and loved - I promise xx."
Charlie knew from the get go that this particular childminder was pretty special, but the woman's kindness towards her further proved that she had picked the right person for the job.
"The thoughtful gift she gave me this morning just goes to show that. Her kindness and understanding of how hard it can be for parents brought tears to my eyes and has made my first full day apart from him a little less painful."
Although Charlie has to leave her son at home in order to work at a job that's over an hour away, her precious little munchkin is in the hands of someone who is very kind and caring.