You fit into our family immediately and have been a saving grace. You have been a calm presence in the madness that is our life. You tolerate my quirky sense of humor and you have an uncanny knack of knowing just the moment when I'm having a bad day and send me a hilarious text to brighten my day. My girls adore you. You have taught them manners, a love of reading and swimming, and you have even shared some of your fear of germs with them which might actually be a good thing. You have gone above and beyond and never complain, except that one time my girls made you sick and you ended up in the hospital. I will certainly miss the fact that you put the silverware in the wrong drawer (but we've never told you because we think it's funny). Or having to tell people in conversation which Andy I am referring to-my "Andy" or "Andi the nanny". I have loved being able to share in your life and support you in trying to figure out the rest of your life. One day, I hope you will understand the magnitude of having someone you love and trust care for your children. And how it makes working full time a little bit easier knowing they are so well loved and cared for.
I'm pretty certain you and I are forever changed by the year you have been with us. I am just grateful that we have technology now-we can face time, send text messages, and be present even when we are 14 hours and 957 miles apart (but who's counting). We will write letters and expect you to visit often!
So I'm not saying goodbye-I refuse. Instead, I'm choosing to say "see you soon!" Thank you for loving my girls like your own, for giving us so much joy, and for making a difference in our lives-all of our lives. We will love you always and forever! And yes, just like 20 years ago I will fight back the tears until you pull off and then I will cry my tears as you leave-just like you will.