The Literary Nanny

I was tooling through the kid’s section at Barnes & Noble, when I came upon a chubby Chihuahua sitting beneath the Babar books. I see he’s leashed to a stroller where, when I peek in, there’s a happy baby gurgling away. Behind it, I see a woman in her 70s sprawled on the floor, a copy of Pete the Cat’s, I Love My White Shoes, a favorite of mine, balanced on her ample bosom.

Next to her is a 3 year-old in a red striped French sailor shirt (my kinda guy) hanging on to every word.

The Chihuahua, like he’s the host, puts two paws up on my leg as if to say, sit down, join us why don’t you? The baby starts giggling, the dog gets comfy, while the woman never stops reading, even when I do sit down to hear the rest of what Pete has to say.

“What a story,” I say to her.

“Yah, a favorite of Mike’s,” she says, chucking the little guy under the chin.

“I think it’s so great you read to them.”

“Of course, what else should one’s nanny do…they will be great men one day.”

I smile knowing how lucky they were to have her, even the way she included the dog. because, to quote Pete, “It’s all good.”  🙂


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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19 Responses to The Literary Nanny

  1. What a great nanny. Not on the cellphone but teaching!

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  2. That was heart-warming. I loved the way you joined the literary circle.

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  3. micklively says:

    Like Tom Jefferson said “I couldn’t live without books”. I am so glad I acquired that addiction at a very early age. 😉

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    • You and me both though mine came later. It warms me when I see kids with books and applaud the parents. Too often I see them playing video games on their mother’s or nanny’s phone to keep them quiet. Reading is the center for all that comes next. Your interests. What’s inspiring inspires. Way to go Tom. 🙂

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    How lucky those boys are to have a wonderful nanny like that! A few days ago, my almost 4yr old grandson called. “What are you doing Nana?” he asked. “I’m just sitting down, reading a book,” I answered. In astonishment he exclaimed, “Without me?!” I’m sure he pictured me reading all his books.
    I constantly tell my students of every age that nothing will help them as much as reading.

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  5. Now, if we can figure out a way to clone her we might be on our way to a peaceful civilization.

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