A Tale of Two Nannies.
Some decisions are difficult. Some are easy. I’ll let you decide for yourself, discerning reader, which kind of decision this one is.
Briefly, I need a nanny for my kids. One is named, let us say, Donna. The other is named, let us say, Serena.
I didn’t really know either of them personally, but I find out something about each of them.
Serena came from a good family. Everyone spoke highly of her and of her family. She had worked at the local library and from my casual observations, seemed to get along quite well with children. She was soft-spoken but assertive and articulate. She was also young and athletic.
Donna came from a crime family. She swore like a sailor. Many people had accused her of various crimes including theft, tax fraud, insurance fraud, obstruction of justice, and pedophilia. So far, none of these had resulted in her going to jail.
By chance, I happened to see her hanging out, joking, and laughing with known drug dealers and murderers.
When I confronted her about the shadiness of her background and acquaintances, she pooh-pooh’d it as nothing but slander by jealous bitches out to steal her God-damned job and I had God-damned better hire her or she was going to sue me and everyone else she could think of!!
So two questions.
- Which one should I choose for the nanny to my kids?
- Is this really a hard decision?
Which wolf do you feed? The “bad” wolf or the “good” wolf? Of course, sometimes, decisions involved complex trade-offs, but sometimes we “know” what the right thing to do is and instead do the convenient or selfish thing.