Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sandra Samuel, Mumbai Nanny, Moves To Israel With Boy Orphaned By Attacks

"...a recent widow has left her own two sons and her homeland..." Why such a fleeting reference to her family? If they are adults, why not throw that word into the sentence so we have the right picture of what's happening. When I was 44 my kids were 5 and 8 years old.... And I've known enough nannies even here in the US who have had to leave their own kids unsupervised or with grandparents so that they can take a job babysitting someone else's kids. Sometimes it almost seems as if there's an unconscious perception that one socio-economic group's kids are more valuable than another's, even to the people in the "less valued" group. It's a romantic ideal of the nanny who loves your kids so much she'd even put their needs above her own or even her own kids' needs. No one can live up to it. Instead we install nanny-cams and measure the level of bourbon in the open bottle.

I don't intend to diminish any of the importance of this woman's role in Moshe's life. But why couldn't the article acknowledge what the cost is to her and her family?
About South Asia
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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