The New Nanny’s Surprising No-No

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So then…we finish chatting about our children, and the talk turns to nannies. My friends and I are grateful to have help with our tiny tots and household chores while we’re working, but inevitably we have some funny moments to share.

(Example:  someone told me the other day, “Our housekeeper has spotty English, so I tried to use my rusty high school Spanish. I’m not sure if I properly explained how my husband likes his shirts ironed – or if I just invited her entire family over for dinner on Thursday!”)

Today, at lunch, my friend says, “So our new nanny apparently likes to have a little something sweet with her coffee each morning.”

Someone interjects, “Yeah, our nanny is like that too. A donut — a muffin or cookie or something.”

“Right,” continues the first friend. “But I don’t keep a lot of that stuff around the house. So I come downstairs this morning and see her at the kitchen table drinking coffee, reading the paper, and eating – are you ready – the top tier of my wedding cake!”

“No way!” We are shocked and laughing at the same time.

“Are you serious? She took the top layer of your wedding cake out of the freezer and ate it? Did she not realize it was from your wedding?” someone asks.

My friend says, “I guess not. Maybe it’s not a tradition to freeze the top of your wedding cake in her country. And she didn’t eat the whole thing, just carved off a hunk of it. She just probably thought, ‘Huh, this looks like a tasty little fancy white cake – let’s check it out.’

“That’s hilarious!” I say. “I guess you won’t be serving it on your wedding anniversary.”

“Nope – and I don’t think my nanny will be having seconds either. She didn’t look too pleased with the frozen hunk she ate. She had a look on her face, like ‘Man, this cake is terrible, it tastes really old, but I don’t want to be rude to my new employers – I better suffer through it and finish it!’

We all laugh at that visual – our friend dismayed to see her wedding cake desecrated for a morning coffee break — and her nanny trying to politely choke it down, worried about offending her boss for not liking it well enough!

— Darcy Perdu

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12 replies on “The New Nanny’s Surprising No-No

  1. Oh, jeez. Back story: My husband is Brasilian and his mother often mails him a package of underwear and pajamas. This morning, I went to get some clean underwear off the top of the dryer (where else would I keep it?) and the cleaning lady had mixed some of his underwear in with mine. I don’t know which of us should be more offended!

  2. Oh this is great! And it’s kind of validating, because we forgot to have someone save our wedding cake top in all the chaos… glad we weren’t missing much. The nanny took one for the team!

    • Xae, that’s why I love hearing about other country’s customs. Over here, we typically freeze the top tier of our wedding cake and serve it on an anniversary!

  3. The week after we got married, our then once-a-week cleaner, who we did not know was an alcoholic, polished off all the left over booze. Needless to say, not much work was done.
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  4. Oh my gosh, I am so uneducated about traditional wedding stuff (hubby and I just did the courthouse thing). Do people really freeze part of their cake to eat it, or just to look at it every now and then in the freezer and think happy wedding day thoughts?
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    • Traditionally, people would freeze the top tier of their wedding cake, then thaw it for their one-year wedding anniversary — or at the christening of their first baby. Enjoying the cake one year later is meant to bring good fortune and to remind the couple of the happiness of their wedding day. OR….it can bring a little sweetness to a new nanny’s coffee break!
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  5. Frankie said:

    Think about it this way, she saved you from a bad cake. I actually bought a small cake from the same bakery where our wedding cake was made. Just in case if ours was too gross to eat. Turns out rum is a good preserver of cakes and having another one for later was cool!