A childcare provider is expected to be a superhuman mix of the Madonna and Mary Poppins, ever patient, loving, kind, always delighting in the sweetness of her charges. I don't do such a bad job, all in all, and it's far more likely the parents than the children who strain my sanity most days. But I'm here to tell you: It Ain't ALL Mary Poppins...
I'm that paradoxical thing, a pragmatic optimist. I take genuine pleasure in my days, and almost always see the glass as half full, but whereas an optimist might have idyllic notions of childhood and children, a pragmatic optimist sees them, warts and all, is unshocked by the warts and simply cheerfully gets on with the job of a little wart-removal.
Nigel: born late 2004. Wide blue eyes and a cheeky grin. Full time. Timmy: born fall, 2005. Very active, very curious. Blue eyes, lots of smiles. Full time. Anna: born fall, 2005. Chubby cheeks and big blue eyes and just a hint of light brown hair. Full time. Emily: born fall, 2005. Details will follow. Full time. Malli: born fall, 2004. Blond, blond curls, huge brown eyes, sunny smile and will of iron. Part time.
Thomas does not like vegetables a whole lot.
He sits on the bench and peruses the vegetable stew he's been presented for lunch for a moment, then heaves a deep sigh and bravely declares:
"I can eat it all up, and I can be happy!"