Don’t worry, it’s not Yaya Isay 😉
Remember Raviv’s other nanny with whom Yaya Isay had an altercation? Yep, it’s she. When Isay fought with her, Isay actually told me she didn’t want Lina to be her partner in taking care of Raviv. But I shrugged it off because I liked Lina despite her loud voice and strong personality. She was big so she can easily scoop Raviv, unlike other younger girls who immediately complain how heavy Raviv is. She’s also widowed and her youngest kid is already in high school, thus I felt secure that the usual reasons for leaving won’t happen–you know the typical, “Ayaw na po akong payagan ng asawa ko mag-work” or “Wala po kasing magbabantay ng anak ko.”
So I blinded myself into thinking that Lina was just tough on the outside but was a softie inside. But how very blind I was.
Last Sunday she asked for straight days off: she asked to leave on Sunday afternoon and return on Wednesday morning. I expressed my dissent because our agreement was that she and Isay will have their weekly days off on a Wednesday or on a Friday, as that’s when Raviv goes to school (which means less work for the yaya who’s not on a day off). But she said she needed to go to SSS to process her deceased husband’s papers so she could get her pension. I relented. But on Wednesday she texted our other helper she was very sick and could not travel. Ditto the following day. I somehow did not believe it, and my horse sense was right: someone spilled the beans that she did not go to SSS but rather went to her jobless, a decade-younger boyfriend’s place in Cavite. And no, she wasn’t sick. But I might have been able to forgive that. What I can’t forgive was what I heard from our office staff, Ivy.
Ivy told me that two Saturdays ago when Randy and I were teaching in San Pablo City, Yaya Lina left Raviv in his room on the third floor of our building! Raviv’s room is just beside our fire exit stairs! When Ivy saw Lina near the office chatting, she asked Lina where Raviv was and why Lina left Raviv. You know what Lina told Ivy?
“Eh naglalaro naman si Raviv kasama ‘yung anak mo.”
Ivy’s daughter Raiah is just 7 years old for crying out loud!!! Mabigat pa nga ‘ata si Raviv kay Raiah eh! Ivy panicked because she feared her daughter might get curious about the fire exit stairs and lead Raviv to go down using those stairs. My goodness! Our son has two nannies because we don’t want him to be left unattended even just for a minute. We don’t want to hear reasons like the “Pagod na pagod na ako gusto ko lang magpahinga ng konti.” We are paying two nannies so they could have shifting schedules–so one can rest while the other one’s on duty; precisely because we want them to be fully focused on Raviv when it’s their time to take care of Raviv. Thus, I had our other helpers tell Lina she need not return, and that I’d be getting a replacement.
Just when I thought that was the worst that Lina had done to Raviv, Yaya Isay told me something this morning that brought tears to both my and Yaya Isay’s eyes: Isay said there was one incident when Raviv was shouting, and Isay saw Lina hit Raviv on the mouth. On the mouth! And Raviv cried. It’s such a big deal that Raviv cried because my son has high pain tolerance. High, as in he does not cry when he gets his immunization shots/injections from his pedia; he did not cry when he stood up from under our table and hit his head on the hard glass tabletop. But he cried when Lina hit him on the mouth. It must have been pretty hard.
Pasalamat si Lina wala na siya. If she were still around I don’t know how I’ll hold my temper! I am so itching to stoop so low and send her hate text messages. But I know nothing good will come out of it. Thank God I have this blog and I can vent.
I shouldn’t have been surprised with what Lina did. I started feeling uneasy leaving Raviv with him when she once told us “Pinagsasampal ko ang anak ko, iyak kasi nang iyak na nalimutan ko ang birthday niya.” That was her child ha! I remember thinking, how much more if it were Raviv? She also described her past employer as demonyita, and the other one as an “Iglesia ni Satanas“. I used to believe that her past employers were bad, but now I know better.
Raviv has a new nanny again. X-ray again, training again. She’s young and almost knows nothing, but I’ll have her anytime over an older, more experienced nanny who will leave and hit my son.
Tell me what you think!
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