I wanted to share a little bit about Emilie, a French au pair in our cluster. Emilie has done such an outstanding job that her host family nominated her for the International Au Pair Association Au Pair of the Year Award.
Here are a couple excerpts from the lovely nomination essay written by her host parents:
Emilie epitomizes the spirit of the au pair program – she is an active participant in each aspect, taking each “seriously”: She is a member of our family, nurtures our children, is an excellent student, is an exemplary ambassador of her native culture, and is actively engaged in experiencing American life.
Going “above and beyond” is perhaps the understatement of the year when it comes to Emilie’s thoughtful consideration of contributing to our whole family. She sends weekly e-mails to us and to my parents with everyday photos of the children. Emilie comes with us to Grandma and Grandpa’s house almost every weekend we go – I’ve heard my mother sharing family recipes with her as they dry dishes together. She has a special bond with Grandma since I returned to work when our son was only 2 months old, and Grandma stayed with us an additional 10 weeks. She remembered to help our daughter make a mother’s day gift for Grandma, and then had a tear rolling down her own cheek when Grandma opened the unexpected gift.
Emilie’s au pair year is coming to an end and she will return home to go forward into the next chapter of her life. We will miss her and wish her all the best.