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an offer from a West Coast company with international connections and they
wanted someone who knew the Chinese language and something about the business
culture in China.
I told them
they should get someone from the China mainland with an American
college education. They would be far ahead of me in dealing with the Chinese
they wanted me for they had already tried to do it the way I suggested.
It seemed it
was hard for them to not look to the Chinese interest above ours and left us in
a weaken position in negotiations.
the salary and a longer contract to where I would make three times the salary I
was making now.
I told them
I would be finished with this semester in four weeks and then if they still wanted
me; to send me the contract for me to look over.If I found everything as was stated; they
could make arrangements to move. The contract arrived and I had an attorney
friend look it over.He said it was
straight forward and spelled out everything in black and white.
and benefits were all laid out and easy to understand with the term to be five
years. They had offered me the choice of three houses to choose from all in
upscale neighborhoods with great schools nearby.
I signed the
contract and sent it Fed-X back to them. I must admit I was getting a little
excited about the whole thing.
Abby about the move but she never responded. I know she received it for she
signed for it. She long ago had written herself out of our lives.
While it was
not easy to grasp but the reality was; she had so immersed herself into other
people’s problems she had no life of her own.
one more problem I had to deal with and that was Jessie’s nanny. She had
insisted on calling her mommy when she was learning to talk and I never
prompted her to stop it.
was aware of what was going on and knew we would be leaving her. I tried every way I knew to convince her to go
with us but she had family here and her mother was almost bedridden at this
stage. She said she would stay with her mother and already had several families
that wanted her to work for them.
losing Jessie was almost too difficult to bear but she had gone through it with
some other children in the last thirty years.
She said she
had a young niece in Seattle
where we were going and she had decided to be a nanny for she loved kids.
She said the
girl had been a wild young thing growing up, but her sister assured her that was
a thing of the past and she had settled down and could be trusted. She wanted a full time position as a live in
Soon after, I
called her mentioning that her aunt had given me her number. I would like to meet her and might be
interested if she proved to be the kind of person I wanted.
I must say I
was impressed with her on the phone and her credentials were certainly impressive;
three years of college and several part time jobs with sterling references from
I asked her
why she wanted to live in and she said that was the way her Auntie did it but
the real reason was it cost so much to live on her own.
We agreed to
meet in a couple of days and after Jessie had met her, I would make my
part of this whole transaction was Jessie giving up her “Mommy.”Our Nanny had raised Jeanie virtually from
birth and I had to let her nanny deal with this for she understood “her baby” even
better than me.
explaining to Jessie that Nanny’s mother was ill, and she had to care for
her and her niece would be taking her place; Jessie began to accept it as a
fact of life and began to look forward to meeting her new nanny.
With that behind
me I was ready to make our move. The movers came and were loaded up by the end
of the day and pulled out for Seattle.
Jessie and I
went directly to the airport caught our plane, and arrived in Seattle about ten that night. A limo was waiting
for us and took us to the hotel we were to stay at until our furniture arrived.
morning we met with Lacy for breakfast and they hit it off right away.She looked to be perfect except for one
thing. She was way too pretty for a live in nanny and I wasn’t sure how I felt
about that but she met all the qualifications and was CPR certified.
One thing I
knew was something was stirred that had been pretty well dormant since my
divorce and it left me ill at ease.
breakfast I asked Jessie how she felt about Lacy being her new nanny and living
with us, hoping a bit that she would say she didn’t want her.
She said in
Chinese, “She is wonderful.”
‘What did she say?” for she heard me ask about her.
“I said you
might have to learn Chinese but I’m sure Jessie will teach you.”
she likes me?”
assuredly she does.”
I had to
meet with the top officials of the company so I asked Lacy if she and Jessie
would be alright till later this afternoon and she said, “Of course we will,”
and Jessie said, “Of course we will.”
I said if
they needed anything they could charge it to the room including some shopping
at the hotel shops.
with the top men went well. They laid out what they expected from me and said I
had my pick of secretaries and if I needed two just select the ones I wanted.
I went over
the pool of secretaries and saw two were Chinese. I called them in one by one
and found that both spoke the same dialect of Chinese I do.
the head of the department and said these two are to be considered my private
secretaries and paid as such.
I told the
secretaries to set up my office as if I was Chinese and to only speak Chinese
in our dealings unless an English speaking person was present. I explained that my mind set must accommodate
thinking as a person of Chinese culture.
I said this
is difficult to explain, but they both said they understood and would help me
with the proper words and accents.
felt good about how things went so far.
I picked up
the car they provided for me and it was excellent, and superior to the one I
sold before coming here.
I managed to
get back to the hotel and have lunch with the girls and then it was time to
meet the realtor to look at houses. When
we started looking at the three we had to choose from Lacy chimed in as one of
the family, and Jessie wouldn’t leave her side.
selected the house they were partial to, and the realtor said if we liked it, we could
purchase it at a later date. I could have
been satisfied with any of the houses for they were all fine and upper class.