Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The Summer Au Pair...

 Missmc has started the search for a summer au pair.  This year, the choices are very very good.  A PhD student economist from Italy?  An architecture student from the Czech Republic?  A journalist from Poland?  All good fits for this house.  The journalist from Poland could be an awkward fit as she only eats Halal.  So I am not sure how to respond to her as we are generally an open-minded house -- a summer of Halal cooking is not quite what I had in mind.  But she seems bright and lovely so she will remain on the b list...

In addition, there were three economists and one management consultant who have responded to my au pair ad.  Unemployed graduates, not students.  Economics?  In previous years, we have attracted journalism and philosophy students as well as the usual large response from unskilled escapees from various hard situations.  The awkward part of interviewing and culling candidates is the humanist in me has to go on holiday.  There are many heart-breaking stories and my motherly instinct wants to scoop them all up and help out.  The hard-nosed other side of me wins and looks for the smartest and most able.  

And then, I feel horrid.

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