Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hints for success – Be a good buddy

Do you remember what it is like to be a new au pair? Feeling excited, nervous, anxious, a little homesick all at the same time. As we enter the spring, and especially the summer, months you will have plenty of opportunities to welcome a new au pair. Take time this week to:

* Arrange to meet a new au pair for coffee

*Take her out and show her where to buy shampoo, clothes, etc.

*Accompany her to the next cluster meeting

*If you have a busy work week, at least send an email

St.Patrick's Day Celebrated

This past month has seen some unseasonably warm weather, and that made getting out and about even more fun! On March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated. St. Patrick is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in the U.Sl. since 1737. Traditional icons of the day are the shamrock, leprechaun, the color green and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The Annual Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on March 11 this year, beginning at the historic Mt. Vernon statue of George Washington. It proceeded down Charles Street and finished at the Inner Harbor. Imagine my surprise when I saw two au pairs of my cluster riding in the parade!! Marite Donayre, from Peru, and Sabrina Fantoni, from Brazil, just happened to be at the beginning area of the parade, and were invited to ride in a vintage car in the parade. I always say au pairs have the most fun!