Mellissa, a former au pair from South Africa, is one of several au pairs that stayed with the Davis family in Chicago over the past two decades. These wonderful ladies, along with the Davis family, have agreed to periodically share their thoughts and experiences related to Au Pair in America as part of an ongoing series, Keeping Up with the Davis Family. Through firsthand experiences about what it’s like to participate in our cultural exchange program, this international family is providing everyone a chance to learn more about au pair child care.
It has been almost four years now that I am back in South Africa, and I have not regretted one moment of my time spent with the Davis family. The Davis children, every one of them, are special in their own way. I remember our morning rides to school and pickups. I am sure if I could mention every treasured moment I spent with each of them, I could write a book that would consist of endless chapters.
I arrived in the USA in 2012 as an au pair to a family with two children. After the first month, I entered into rematch, and the first family that contacted me was the Davis family.
My first phone call memory is slightly vague, but I do remember my host mom, Jennifer, telling me that she has 6 children. It came as shock and the first question I asked was, “will they all listen to me?”
With a giggle, Jennifer said “is that the only question that you have? I would think you would ask more questions.” Thinking back about it now brings a giggle to myself. Read the rest of this entry »