There’s nothing like a visit from one former au pair to make you wonder about what’s happened to all the rest.
When our second au pair (from 10 years ago) came to visit us this summer, I expected to find her much the same as she was when she lived with us. I wasn’t disappointed; SD was as lovely, adventurous, and independent now as she was then.
It was so exciting and gratifying to hear — in more detail than holiday cards and facebook updates can offer — what has happened in her life. I could have predicted that she’d travel the world– she studied Japanese when she was with us and left our home for a scholarship in Tokyo.
Since then she’s been all over Europe, to Thailand, Nepal, Burma/Myanmar, Morocco, Dubai, and soon Indonesia. (I told you she was adventurous.) SD has financed her world travel by becoming an ‘air hostess’ for a European airline. (Strangely enough, two of our other au pairs also became air hostesses for a time.)
We also just heard from our 6th au pair, who I hadn’t heard from since she was on South Africa’s American idol.(!!)
LL had mentioned that her dream was to record an album of Christian praise music, and maybe join her uncle’s jazz band on a tour of hotels in SE Asia. Sounds a little “pie in the sky” for this gentle soul.
And where is this Au Pair right now?
Singing in a jazz band at a Hilton Hotel in Hong Kong.
All of these au pairs, as different as they are, have one thing in common:
They all had the courage to leave home and put themselves in a challenging situation in another country, and another family. They have all had a sense of adventure.
And so I wonder:
After their au pair years, where do all these young women and men go?
Where are they now?
Would you share some of your stories of au pairs who’ve gone on to interesting things?