Monday, October 11, 2010

Scarlett & Caspar

Clumsy in Malahide.

Of course I brought caramel apples to Ireland. Of course he's wearing an Illini sweatshirt.

Found this hilar.
Forbidden entrance to...
Caspar the Ghost?
OJ Simpson and his damning glove?

Nanny Diaries:
Scarlett Johansson and I have next to nothing in common, except for our affinity for Ryan Reynolds. Yet, as of lately, I can't help but think that perhaps-we have more in common than I once thought. To be fair, I don't hold a candle to Scarlett...but after the past few weeks...? stories might.

Her rendition of Nanny Diaries struck chords across America as families reevaluated the way they treated the "help", and the "help" formed a union against mis-treatment. We all watched in agony as she trumped her families' controlling hold by finding the nanny cam, and er, giving it a piece of her mind.

In similar news, I recently read the book "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, and I was mesmerized by the portrayal of African-American maids in the early 1960's. The shock, the blatant mistreatment, and direct disrespect made my heart plummet.

All this being said, I'm certainly not comparing my recent events to that of a pre-civil rights maid, but you do begin to make connections in an abstract sort of way.

The past few weeks have presented new and unforeseen challenges. So challenging, in fact, that I've considered making Nanny Diaries, Part Deux: the European Drama. To blend in to another's family can pose many obstacles, most of which are to be expected. To enter the same doors as four other people on a daily basis has been more difficult than I would have thought.

I committed to asking for guidance through this challenging time, and as I prayed fervently and specifically, I heard my coveted answer: stay and positively impact this family.

And so I will....


  1. and so you will indeed, just as you positively impact everyone else around you with your pretty smile and quick wit! miss you a lot, yen.

  2. Sometimes the most challenging can be the most rewarding. We are SO proud of you, creating memories and living life to it's fullest.

    xoxo, Dar

  3. I love you, I miss you and I'm so proud of you. Hang in there, this will all be worth it. KEEP SMILING! :)

  4. God will give you the strength you need during this difficult time. It seems that He has a plan for you to stay and make a positive impact on this family. Remember, God always give us the tools we need to do His will. We love you so very much and are very proud of you!!!!