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Meeting Lizbeth - Chapter One Part III

Updated on April 10, 2015

Nanny Madeline

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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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Melissa I didn't realize you were from Cape Cod, so yes, you know cold. No one will think you're copying me unless the story is exactly the same ;) Give it a go. I'm sure it will be interesting. If you have any questions or would like to talk about it, email me.

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      Melissa Orourke 

      4 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras


      It stopped raining and warmed up! I know about cold though, I'm from Cape Cod!

      I have been working on a story and would like to put the beginning on Hub. I've been "playing "around with the story for quite some time. I don't want people to think I am copying you. I also don't know if I am brave enough! Your thoughts? Thank you.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Melissa, but I'm having a hard time imaging a chilly Caribbean day, rain or no rain :)

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      Melissa Orourke 

      4 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

      I like it! Thumbs up! This is a good read as I sit here on a "chilly" rainy, Caribbean day!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Hope I keep you interested while you're relaxing and reading.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Totally enjoying the story Mary! drinking my cuppa, feet up and getting totally comfortable to carry on reading! lol!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Jimmy, I am honored by your diligence to read my hubs! You can never be unfaithful kind friend. I hope you enjoy.

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      4 years ago

      Hi Mary.

      It seems to me that I'm not getting very many notices of my fellow hubbers latest posts, and I only see them through the HP hub notifications letter/mail.

      I have been unfaithful to you Mary and have not been following you as I should. But this afternoon I'm going to read every one I've missed even if I fall asleep doing it.

      As one comment said you've laid the foundation, but with three ladies (including miss Lizbeth) hunting for Tom's attention there could be a bit of friction brewing.

      Jimmy...............aka Ghaelach

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Peg. Lots of family history here and not all of it good.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      It's going to get really interesting with the addition of this character out of Tom's past. I can see where this will provide some competition and rivalry between the two women. The story keeps getting deeper and better.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the wonderful comment Randi. Believable and likable, what more can I ask?

      A Deb, one never knows.

      Faith I agree. Having Maddy around definitely helps Lizbeth lead a more normal least it seems so now. Hugs.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary,

      This story is moving along beautifully and with so much intrigue! I am glad Lizbeth has someone who truly loves her on the female side, more of a mother than her own.

      I can't wait to see how all of this unfolds in the future as Lizbeth grows up.

      Up ++++


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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't want to influence you, but Lisbeth sounds like Maddy's trial run with her own child...

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      Randi Benlulu 

      4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      The plot thickens! It really is an intriguing story with believable, likable characters! Up++

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Phyllis. I know I keep saying thanks but I'm so grateful you are enjoying and want to keep following!

      Ann, as I said to Phyllis, I'm so grateful you want to keep reading.

      Stay tuned Linda.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hmmm, I'm thinking something, but not going to say ... I am intrigued.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      You do this well. I want to see how these relationships develop and I'll keep reading, Mary.

      Ann :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Oh boy! A woman from the past and one who loves Lisbeth. This is fun and interesting. Following right along, Mary.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Glad to bring you along Maria. I'll keep going as long as everyone is interested....gotta keep those characters jumping.

      Frank you have me speechless and that's not easy to do. I have so much more to come, stay tuned.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Til I think i'm waiting apprehensively for something distressing.. at this point the story can go any which way.. and what I like about it so far is that I'm thinking ahead.. like I use to do with those Christie novels.. :) oopps this was meant for the next installment.. which I had to read this one over again to refresh the story line..:)

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      I'm happy to be late because I can go right to the next installment....

      Maddy has made a beautiful and seamless entry into this sweetly readable story.

      Voting UP and UABI. Love and hugs, Maria

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Blossom. Hope the next chapter keeps your attention.

      One never knows Nell. Time will tell.

      I'm a romantic too Genna but haven't decided which way the wind will blow.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ohhh. I was looking forward to the next installment. When I first began reading this, I wondered if the past bonds between Tom and Madeline would lead to something…but I’m an incurable romantic, Mary. Then, I wondered if something had already taken place. “Maddy.” What a great name. :-) You are leading us, step by step, deeper into a story we don’t want to end. And that’s a sign of a very good writer!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Ooh is that a good idea putting her there as a babysitter? lol! love this, and can't wait for the next chapter! lol!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting chapter and it really holds the attention. I'll be waiting for more.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I hope you find it worth reading Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      I really need to go back and catch this from the beginning! I keep coming in on the middle!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you DD, nice to know you're finding it interesting.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting so thoughtfully written. You have given a perfect insight to all chapters. Voted up, interesting useful and beautiful.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for coming along for the ride Always exploring. I'm as interested as everyone else as to what's going to happen next.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a great story! Maddy is an interesting addition. The way you described her brought her to life visually. The video is a must see. It is so beautiful. See ya next time...

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Mike. You made me nervous when you said I was painting myself into a corner. As you know, the mind can go in many ways. Your interest and comments mean a lot.

      Oh Bill you are making me nervous ;) I'm hoping I can keep it going.

      Sha one never knows. I really can't say which way I'm going.

      Frank keeping you glued is amazing! I'm almost afraid to go forward ;)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Til, I am enjoying these installments so much.. it has a sensational plot.. that just keeps me glued.. it's developing into a perfect read

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, this is a great chapter. I'm wondering if Maddy and Tom's relationship will elevate to a new level. Maddy is certainly more of a mom to Lizbeth than Louise is. I'm looking forward to the next chapter.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have laid the groundwork well, Mary, and now we all sit anxiously awaiting the next chapter. I love what you have done so far, my friend.

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      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Mary. Oh, oh, you brought another woman into the mix. Of course the 'little girl' needed a Nanny and Tom needed someone he trusted. There are so many possibilities for you from this point.


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