Dear Granny-Aupair Team,
Since last Thursday I am back home from a Granny placement.
In the middle/end of July this year, another newsletter from Granny-Au-pair fluttered into my inbox with the headline: Family in Atlanta is waiting for you! It was like a call I couldn't resist. I went to the Granny-Aupair site and registered without further ado and created my profile.
A day or two later I wrote to the family in Atlanta and got a lovely reply straight away. We arranged a phone call and a video call about 3 days later and already during the conversation it was clear to me that this is my family. The family also didn't hesitate for long to tell me that they had chosen me.
A few more phone calls and emails followed to discuss a couple of formalities, such as
- who pays for the flight
- who pays the insurance
- do I have liability insurance
- Covid vaccinations
and a few more questions that wanted to be clarified.
I booked the flight and was even allowed to book a very good one! I booked my flight and was even allowed to book a very good! class, organised my ESTA visa and took out health insurance for 3 months in the USA. Five weeks later I landed in Atlanta with a lovely young family with a 1 -year-old child and I felt at home from the first moment.
The baby accepted me the very next day and on the 2nd day it was as if I had always been there. I am someone who doesn't hesitate, but just does, doesn't think long about something, but reacts.
The family lives in the African-American neighbourhood, in the south of Atlanta, and I was the only white person in a large radius, the only white person in the shopping centre, on the bus and very often on the train that took me downtown.
Yes, being part of a minority for once really sharpens one's tolerance! In all that time, I always felt safe outside and only met nice, polite people.
The time passed far too quickly and I had to get back on the plane to Germany all too soon with a very tearful farewell on all sides.
I am already looking forward to Christmas when "my family" comes to Germany to visit me.
Will I go back to another family as a Granny?
YES!!! I have some enquiries and am leaning towards Switzerland.... Let's see...
Thank you dear Granny team for this opportunity!