Oh, Dear Readers…..Your emails, discovered, finally

by cv harquail on April 17, 2009

I am having a small heart attack.

Every now and then, over the course of writing this blog, I’ve wondered why I never got any email.

Sure, lots of you posted messages and comments on the blog itself, and a few of you tracked me down through my profile, but I didn’t get mail of any other kind.

In preparation for my "big announcement" later today (or tomorrow if I can’t get back to it) I was trying to resolve the question of how to get emails from you, and I discovered something awful — a mailbox with 4, 287 emails. Unread. sender.jpg

I should have been tipped off to the email problem when D sent me her Handbook– three times– before I got it. But now I know what has been happening and I am *appalled*. Truly. Appalled.

It seems that I forgot to check a little box when I was forwarding my "mom@aupairmom.com" mail to my main mailbox. And so all of you who have sent comments, questions, thanks, kind words, invitations to guest blog, requests to guest blog, stories, corrections to your contact information, requests for comments to be edited, invitations to "Boost My Couch Adventures" and "Resolve my healthy lifesource" — all of that stuff, went into a deep, black hole.

Black holes, as you know from your second grader’s science project, are actually not empty. They are full of matter– and AuPairMom’s black hole is apparently filled with emails from you that matter , to me.

Now, I am running off with my hair wet to an important business meeting…applying mascara as I write…so I will have to ask for your indulgence– and to Jennifer, Mishca and Stephanie who sent me emails almost a year ago, I ask for your continued patience and forgiveness. I’ll be back to you soon.

Thanks —  cv  (whom you can now actually reach at "mom at aupairmom dot com")


Dawn April 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Aww, cv — I’m so sorry! I can only imagine the horrible sinking feeling you must have gotten when you saw the # of unread emails sitting there! But on the upside, now the mystery is solved!!!

Calif Mom April 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

No guilt. Life’s too short. You provide a unique, much-needed service and have earned space in my daily life. No guilt!

Maya April 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm

CV, don’t worry about it. We all understand. I can only imagine that sinking feeling that went over you. I am just great full that you have this blog, as I am sure are many others here.

Franzi April 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

wow, i’d love to have that mailbox’s storage space! ;-)

don’t worry. consider every email means love <3 and if you get around to my question on how to get in touch with hostmomtobe i’d be thrilled to have your help!

oh, and i just realized you posted my ap-kid problem by yourself not because i asked you (in that email that ended in the black hole). THANK YOU even more!!!

au pair April 18, 2009 at 3:04 am

I have sent one email once, but never got an answer, maybe because I have au pair problems and the site is for host mom. Even so I LOVE this blog and it´s so helpful. I try to always comment positive things and when it envolves an au pair thing.

I would like my host mom to read and be part of this blog because all of you host moms here seems to really care about your children and about the relationship between aupir – hostparents! I read the posts and I am always like: these host moms are so cool. I will join my family this thursdays.
Any idea of how can I “make” my host mom read this blog ?

cvh April 18, 2009 at 3:48 am

Hi there au pair —
Your email is probably one of the ones that I just disovered! So you should get a reply soon….

One way to let your host mom know about the blog might be to send me her email (and I’ll send her an invitation from AuPairMom to come read it). Or, you could just print out one of the pages — like one on how to get oriented — and give it to her as something you can talk over together. For example, you could print out one of the posts are driving and say “I saw this advice about au pairs and driving on a site for host parents Some of these rules look good- I’d love to see which ones matter to your family”.

Personally, I’d love it if you would tell the other new au pairs at your orientation…and have them send their host parents to the blog.

Have fun with your au pair adventure— be kind, open and warm, and you can expect the same from your host family. I find that when you treat people as though they were loving (even when you don’t know them) they are more likely to respond to you in a loving way. Welcome!!

au pair April 18, 2009 at 5:40 pm

THank you so much !!! I will email you her e-mail address!!

I will also tell my new au apir friends to send the blogs to their hostparents!!!


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