I thought about Hannah’s offer for a few weeks and then headed over to take Adam up on the offer. I was still on the fence but the kid..er man…has grounded me since he was a teen so I figured we could at least talk it through.
It also allowed Hannah and I to take a break from the Harper and Vi. They adore each other. They’ll be trouble in a few years!
“Take the money, Penny. You know you want a fresh start. There’s no strings attached. In fact, considered it repayment for the debt of raising me. You gave a lot and I wouldn’t be where I am without it.”
“The kids though. I can’t trust them to another babysitter. Last time…I don’t even want to think about it.”
“I’ve got a friend. He’s an author and his sister is looking for a full-time nanny gig. She’s perfect. I’ll call him up tonight and have her get in touch with you. Do it, Penny. You deserve it.”
He was right. I raised him. I’m raising Liv’s kids. I’ve got Harper. We’re never going to get anywhere until I go back to school. I really wanted a business degree. I didn’t know what I would do with it but something said it would be worth it.
“Alright. I’ll do it. It’ll take some time but I think I can make it work.”
It did take a few months but the house made its “debut.” I didn’t change much. Mostly just expanded but we needed the extra room.
With puppies, a toddler, and two children the living room needed some room to…well, live in.
And the kitchen had a growth spurt, too. The dining room was tossed out in favor of a playroom and office. It was too difficult for the poor toddler to hobble up and down the stairs to either her room or the basement to play. Dining rooms are overrated anyway.
I planned to head off to university in the spring. Granted, I’d be attending Storybrook County College but I’d be there for 10 hours and then there was homework. My baby was going to grow up in the arms of a nanny.
Of course I was putting my horse in front of the cart. I hadn’t even taken my entrance exams let alone applied to the school.
The aptitude exam was more difficult than I remembered. Of course, it had been about 15 years since I took the last one. Also I have relatively no business skills. It’ll be a few more months before I know the results. In the meantime there was still a lot to do.
One was meeting the nanny. The doorbell rang early one fall morning.
She was quite unexpected. When I think “nanny” I think old woman. However, Linzy was lovely and highly qualified.
As we sat drinking coffee I interviewed her. I already knew she would be perfect but I wanted to seem like I knew what I was doing.
“So, tell me about yourself. Why do you want to be a nanny?”
“Hm. Well, I love children. I’m nurturing, neat, a natural cook. I’m a master gardener and chef. I have a degree in education and I used to be a teacher.”
Someone up there must love me. If there is such thing as divine intervention this is it.
I showed Linzy to her room in the basement. One more of the remodeling projects from the summer. It wasn’t much but she loved it regardless.
Harper took right to Linzy as if they were old friends.
For the first time in a while I actually allowed myself to feel optimistic about the future. Things could work out for us after all.
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