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Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter One Part III
A nanny, child care provider, mother's helper, babysitter, you pick the one or all that suit your needs. Nanny Madeline was to be all that and more. She didn't have to concern herself with running the household, there was a maid, a cook, and a butler for that. Her job was the baby.
Nanny Madeline was from a long line of nannies. Her mother, Nanny Matilda, was Tom's Nanny. He didn't bother to tell Louise because he didn't think it would matter. Well, actually he wasn't really sure how to tell her just yet. He and Madeline had grown up pretty much side by side.
She was tall for a woman at six foot but being so thin she looked taller. She kept her brown hair in a single braid down her back to keep it out of her way. She wasn't a tomboy, but she did love sports and often played basketball with Tom and his friends growing up. In fact, she spent a lot of time with Tom and his friends. She even dated his best friend, Brady. Maddy was like a sister to Tom. She knew everything about Tom as they often confided in each other through the years. She was a little sad when he married Louise but knew that was how it had to be. When he called and asked her to be Nanny to his new baby, she jumped at the chance.
She arrived promptly at nine with her belongings in a carpetbag. All she needed was an umbrella and she could've passed for Mary Poppins.
Arriving at the Sanders
The maid led her into the front room and went to get “Miss Louise”. The maid was amazed at the height of her. At five foot five she was almost a foot shorter than Nanny Madeline. When Louise heard Nanny Madeline had arrived, she jumped from her seat and ran down the stairs. The maid had never seen her move so fast and feared she'd fall and break her neck.
Louise was five foot seven and very sure of herself. For a moment, just a short moment, she was intimidated by this Amazon of a nanny. Then she remembered this was the live-in nanny. This was the woman who would take over the care of the baby and that made her happy. She remembered they hadn't offered the nanny a car, but she knew it was because she didn't want the nanny leaving. She wanted the nanny here or at least available twenty-four seven. No sense tempting her to leave.
Louise introduced herself to Nanny Madeline, who never let on she already knew who Louise was. As they shook hands, Louise knew this was a strong, secure woman. A woman not to be messed with, but she did work for Louise. Louise explained what she could about baby Lizbeth, which wasn't much. Louise led her to the nursery on the second floor. Nanny Madeline was impressed but had a feeling the nursery was all Tom's doing.
Nanny Madeline looked in the crib and saw an adorable little baby with blonde ringlets looking back at her. In that moment, a bond was formed that would last a lifetime. She put her finger in the crib and Lizbeth grabbed hold immediately. She picked the baby up and introduced herself. Louise thought that was odd but didn't care because she had her nanny. Louise pointed out the door to Nanny Madeline's apartment. She explained there was an outside entrance with a stairway that led down behind the garage.
Tom was watching the clock at work. He didn't want to interrupt Louise's time with Nanny Madeline, but he was itching to go home. He waited until noon hoping all was going well. When he got home the maid said Nanny Madeline was in the nursery and Miss Louise had gone shopping. This was pretty much how it was going to be he thought.
Tom took the steps two at a time. When he got to the nursery door, he paused and composed himself. Two very important women were on the other side of that door, baby Lizbeth and Nanny Madeline. He knocked softly and pushed the door open.
Lizbeth was in her crib cooing and smiling while Nanny Madeline sat in the rocker thumbing through a baby book. He'd always known her as Maddy and thought of her as Maddy now. She looked up and saw him standing there. She was not sure how to act so waited for him to act first. He walked over to the crib and smiled at his baby girl then smiled at Nanny Madeline.
“Good to see you Maddy,” he said. “You do know you're saving my life right? This little baby means the world to me and Louise is not a baby person.”
“I knew you would only call me if you really needed me Tom. You can relax, I'm seeing Brady again and things are getting pretty serious. Don't worry I'll have plenty of time here. I will, however, ask for three days off each month.”
“Ok Maddy, anything you want. Thank you. I'm so happy for you and Brady. Now it will be easier to tell Louise about our past.”
Time for School
As Maddy got ready to wake Lizbeth for school, those memories of her first day came flooding back. Lizbeth was always such a joy. Tom simply adored her and after ten years it seemed as if Louise might finally be starting to see her as her own, not just “little girl”.
She had become Maddy after Tom's lengthy discussion with Louise on the day of her arrival. Louise didn't take too kindly to having a woman Tom had known all his life as her nanny, but then Louise didn't take too kindly to anything. Tom was adamant, Maddy was the only one he would trust with his precious Lizbeth. He told Louise about Brady and put his foot down. Rather than lose a nanny Louise decided to give in. She knew Tom loved her and that baby so didn't perceive a real threat from the Amazon.
Maddy called Lizbeth and told her to get in the shower. “Your clothes are laid out on the bed. Hurry so your breakfast doesn't get cold.”
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