Having some serious deja vu filling out the Au Pair application form. I definitely remember being more anxious the first time. Guess that’s a result of now knowing what to expect. On second thought, maybe I should be MORE anxious now that I know what I’m getting myself into. Hmm.
By far my question of the entire 26 page application form: What are some of your worst qualities? Good lord. How can I answer this without making them feel as though a) I’d be impossible to shack up with and b) I’d be the worst Au Pair ever.
Over the last 3 years, I’ve seen a number of adaptations of the “You know you’re an Au Pair when” list. I always find it humorous even though I don’t relate with some of them (Canadians eat the same lame excuse for bread as Americans, and most Americans know where Canada is if not what Canada is).
So, I picked and prodded through the list, and narrowed it down to the ones I enjoy the most — and, naturally, added my own commentary.
Au Pairody .. a play on the noun Au Pair /ˌō ˈpe(ə)r/ – A young foreign person, typically a woman, who helps with housework or child care in exchange for room and board, and the noun Parody /ˈparədē/- a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing. The irony of the title of this blog being that my intentions are for this to be the whole truth (though often humorous), nitty gritty, etc. etc. about an ex-au pair becoming an au pair once again.