So they gave notice. They said some nice things about the care I've provided over the past two years, which was nice. Well, no, it was only fair, but I know not everyone would put it in if they were annoyed with me, as I suspect these two are. I only suspect, though, since so far we're all being very polite and professional about it.
Dad was also unaware that, by withdrawing from the contract within the first 12 weeks, he has forfeited the deposit. You know, I think the contract was a total waste of paper for these two: if you're going to give notice, you'd think you'd read the section on "Giving Notice"... Sigh...
The letter also said, "This was an extremely difficult decision, but we were left with little choice. Work is work."
"Left with little choice" sounds just a bit like a whine or an accusation, or both. Me, I'd like to know what other choices they tried, in less than two weeks, to resolve the problem. Given that they've already found new care (!), I suspect they've been on a hunt ever since they received the contract, but signed on so they'd be sure of the space. I'd like to know, but I won't ask, because it would likely just cause hard feelings.
And "work is work"? What does that mean? I was sorely tempted to reply with "and family is family", but I resisted. Let's just get through the next two months with as little fuss and furor as possible.
In the end, I'm pleased with their decision. I will miss little Miss Mia, for sure. I hope she loves her new caregiver! I will not miss the aggravation of her parents' tardiness, day after day. Problems with the parents, no problem with the child: when there are problems in my job, this is generally the way she goes!