October 31, 2005

How not to quit a job

Here's a good way not to quit a job. I learned this from our last nanny who, speaking of last, lasted only 4 weeks before cleaning out her room and leaving us a note to inform us that she was quitting. I wouldn't have found the note on Friday (the day she fled) if I had not gone into her room to close the storm windows on her windows. I am sure we were not meant to find the note before Sunday. Unfortunately for her, my concern for her comfort (closing the storms), meant that we found the note with sufficient time to stop payment on her last paycheck (she had a couple of hundred dollars in personal expenses on our American Express card that I was NOT prepared to eat, thank you very much, and I noticed she neglected to leave us a check for that on her way out, a pure oversight, I'm sure).

I am furious. To leave without notice, without warning, without giving us a chance to find someone new, without even saying goodbye to the children, this is so terribly irresponsible.

We interviewed another nanny on Saturday. She would have been a good fit for us. Unfortunately, she "prayed on it" and let's say, merely, that G-d was not with us on this one. She didn't put it like that to me this morning, but that was the upshot.

We would be in a hell of a bind right now if it were not for my in-laws staying with us and pitching in. The in-laws presence makes this a mitigated disaster.

The time for us to find someone new is limited, however, and, while I suspect it will work out just fine in the long run, the stress in the short run is not at all welcome.

Ah, well, off to make some more phone calls.

Posted by Random Penseur at October 31, 2005 11:10 AM | TrackBack

Well, hell.

I certainly hope the children are not overly upset by this turn of events.

Good thoughts and good luck, my friend.

Posted by: Christina at October 31, 2005 11:13 AM

Hang in there, RP. I'm sure it's for the best -- the next one will be a real winner.

Posted by: GrammarQueen at October 31, 2005 12:20 PM

I'm so sorry that happened. Sucketh.

Too bad you don't live closer; you could drop the GC and BC off here with me until you found a nanny! :-) You know I'd adore it, since my kids are taking FOREVER to bring me some grandchildren. *grumble, grumble, complain*

As it is, we'll be handing out candy tonight to the kids that drop by from our neighborhood, which is always a blast for us since NOBODY we know has little ones at this time, except my closest friend in the world who (of COURSE!) moved to Sarasota last year while pregnant.

*grumbles at her too*

I hope you find someone suitable to help out soon, RP.

Posted by: Amber at October 31, 2005 01:28 PM

Definitely NOT cool.... hoping GC and BC were not too upset by this. Also that wife is not too upset by this on top of her current condition.

Thank heavens for grandparents (sometimes because I am one.)

Keep on it and I am sure that there will be the perfect nanny for you all right around the corner.

Posted by: dee at October 31, 2005 04:22 PM

Not very nice at all, esp as you had taken her to meet the Princess. Good Luck.

Posted by: Mia at November 1, 2005 03:00 AM

I hate that for you and the kids, RP. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the next nanny we get has more class than to just skip out and not even leave me a note.

As for the woman who prayed about it? I think it's probably a good thing that it didn't work.

Posted by: Howard at November 1, 2005 11:34 AM

It hit me on the way home why she may have left in such a hurry.

There seems to be a bit of an infection running about as of late and if one isn't educated as to the ways of the world one may thing that impregnation could spread to all women of age in a certain house hold. (Much like it seems to spread across the blogosphere.)

Of course those of us with educations know that a combination green m&m's and tequila is the leading cause pregnancy.

Posted by: phin at November 1, 2005 10:21 PM

On the upside, this was a person who would quit in such a fashion and attempt to abscond with funds owed. Her leaving is causing a problem but her staying could well have been worse in the long run.

Posted by: Jim at November 3, 2005 03:48 PM
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