We should all have the challenges this host mom faces, as she aims to describe what she appreciates about her au pair!
I am having a hard time writing this appreciation for our current au pair not because I can’t think of what to celebrate him for, but because once I start, I don’t think I will ever stop!
Our au pair D is just everything anyone could want in an au pair: Thoughtful, proactive, caring, engaged, energetic, punctual, careful, fun, cheerful, consistent, loving, attentive, affectionate…the list could go on and on.
D takes his job so seriously and is always thinking about ways to do it better, as in introducing interesting math games in the car as a way to make a long commute home from school go faster, finding fun strategies to help a child study for spelling quizzes , enabling a little guy to process the big experience of a first trip up on the chairlift through building a chairlift out of legos, or supporting an 11 year old as she navigates the sometimes treacherous waters between girlhood and tweendom.
Everyone in our household adores D, including our pets. Our dog rushes to greet him, whenever D comes down in the morning, but even the exuberance of a golden retriever is paled in comparison to the enthusiasm with which the children greet him each day. The pleasure the children take in being with him is due in large measure to the fact that D is literally always in a good mood, and he is consistently kind and attentive to the children.
The daily routine seems fun with D, and the fact that he is interested in and wants to know more about literally everything they have to say and share. With my husband and me, D is an incredibly respectful and thoughtful housemate, but even more, he has become a genuine friend to both of us, thanks to his interesting contributions to dinner conversations and his willingness to share so much about his life, his culture, and his interests with us.
Life is simply better with D as a part of our household.
We are appreciating every day that we are lucky enough to have him with us this year. As we look ahead to matching for next year, the main criteria our daughter stressed that she wants in the next au pair is that he be “a clone of D.” If anyone in aupairmom-world knows the secret to cloning a great au pair, please let us know!