Au Pair Appreciation: St. Lucia

by cv harquail on May 3, 2009

International Au Pair Appreciation Week

As shared by a Host Mom

Our last AP was from Stockholm, Sweden. Her mother sent her 3 Swedish white ‘nightgown’ style dresses, electric "crowns" and bulbs so that she could celebrate St. Lucia Day for our benefit in December 2008.

200904302123.jpg She baked sweet rolls flavored with saffron, taught our daughters to sing in Swedish a very sweet song, and woke herself and them early enough to dress and get ready with coffee. She carried the tray filled with rolls and coffee up the stairs with the girls in front of her all singing "Santa Lucia, . . ." and gave us one of the more magical mornings of the year.

I cannot tell you how they all looked in the darkness with their long white dresses, silver garland belts and crowns and the lights glowing. It was beyond description and very special.

There are many moments like that that have come over the years of having Au Pairs in our home. Some little, some bigger, but each filed in my memory and the memories of our children. Every once in a while – one of them pops to the surface to be shared again in a story. Like the time we had a MidSommar Party and all the dads did the Swedish frog song and dance around that May Pole looking thing my husband and Au Pairs built . . . but that’s another story

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