Tribute to my Nanny

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I mentioned awhile back that my Nanny came to stay with me. Well lucky for me, she is still here and hasn’t gotten tired of taking care of me yet! She has done so much for me these past 3 weeks that I wanted to do a post dedicated to her. Don’t be getting jealous now…she’s not up for hire!

As I previously stated, my Nanny began taking care of me the minute my mother went back to work after her maternity leave was up. She then watched me everyday until I was old enough to ride the bus home from school and stay by myself. She even lived in a duplex that was in our neighborhood for a while when I was growing up. My parents would let me walk down to her house in the evenings and spend the night often. With all that being said, we spent a LOT of time together!

As the years have passed and we moved to Stillwater, it has been hard being away from my Nanny. However, I would call her every few days to catch up and even visited her as much as possible. Last year over Christmas break, I drove to Trenton by myself to spend a week with her. We are always able to pick up right where we left off. I have so many good memories of my childhood that include her.

Who would have ever thought that I would need a caretaker later in life? It’s funny how life almost goes in a circle and you are right back where you were when you were a child. My Nanny offered to come to Stillwater and take care of me the day I was diagnosed and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. She came down the weekend after my first treatment and has been here ever since. I keep telling her that I am not going to let her go back home. She has been a Godsend!

You name it, she does it! She has fixed me every meal, given me my medications, washed ¬†and dried my hair (when I still had it), shaved my head, gotten me clothes to wear, watched movies with me, taken walks with me, cleaned the house, taken the dog out, cleaned out the refrigerator and cabinets, gone to Wal Mart for me, prayed with me, and been my shoulder to cry on. She is there for my good days and my bad and doesn’t judge me for it either way. She is seriously my best friend and I don’t know what I would do without her!

She doesn’t do any of this for anything in return. She is the most generous woman I know. I will never be able to repay her for all she has done for me but I can only hope that she knows how much she is appreciated. I love her dearly and thank God for her every day! I am so grateful for the memories I made during my childhood with her but even more grateful for the ones I am making with her now. I will never forget the sacrifice she made for me.

6 responses »

  1. Brittany,
    You post has put tears in my eyes. I feel so blessed to have both of you in my life and thank God for the wonderful family that he has given us. You’re such a strong and beautiful person. I am also so thankful for our Nanny and Love her so much!

    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

    Thank you Nanny for what you do for us! I love you both and have a great day!

    Love, Chas

  2. What a tribute to your Nanny & my Aunt Barb. She is one very special person. For those of us who are & were lucky enough to have her in our life, we are blessed! I spent lots of time with her growing up myself & what cherished memories of fun & laughter I have. She is the best caretaker ever! She used to amaze me how she could clean & rearrange a house better than anyone! My mom (Mernie) & her had lots of the same traits. :) I’m so glad you have the best of the best taking care of you. Hang in there & may God bless you each step of the way! Please tell everyone “hi” for me!
    Love you~
    Cheryl

    PS. I love being a Nan too!!

  3. Hey, I have been thinking about you alot. I have been reading everything on your blog. You seem to be staying so strong. I am praying that 6 months from now this experience can all begin to be a memory for you, and no longer an obstacle on the way to all the wonderful things you have ahead of you. I don’t know what else to say because of course I can’t imagine what it is like for you right now, but I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you, and I sure hope you get to feeling better soon also.

  4. Now that I myself am a “Nanny” I totally know why you’re Nanny does this for you without hesitation. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for Paisley and Lane. You are blessed to have such a loving, giving wonderful person to call Nanny. I am sure she is part of why you are such a wonderful person yourself. Megan played me a recording of Paisley in her bed yesterday at nap time, she was hollering in a very sweet voice “Nanny, where are you”? Of course this was because she didn’t want to take her nap and thought Nanny would surely come and rescue her. Being a Nanny is a very special blessing. I love reading your posts and how you are approaching this journey. God bless you and God bless your Nanny!

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