Well, I'll be the Mother of a Nu-Nu
We've got a whole lot of new children in our room, one of whom is Emily, aka Nu-Nu. (Nu-Nu is her Chinese name). She loves me more than anyone else at work - so much so that her family won't hand her over to anyone else but me, but will search for me until they find me (or wait until I get to the room if they are earlier than normal) in order to give her to me and not the others.
So, I was walking with Nu-Nu down the hallway, where they have photos of all the staff along with details of their qualifications, etc. I often point to them and ask the children who they are, (or if they've been at work longer, I'll say something silly, like me being Anthony, or something).
"Who's this?" "Maryam!"
"Who's this?" "Mira!"
"Who's this?" "Mama!"
"Not quite honey. My name's Sam."
No, Really, We Have Parents Hide Behind Bins All the Time:
Ryan is another new boy. His parents were very worried about how he was going to settle in. So much so, that they hid for his ENTIRE FIRST DAY in the staff carpark skulking behind the bins. We knew they were there within 10 minutes, and went down every half hour to give them reports.
Ryan did not have a good first day.
On about the eighth time of giving them an update, they said, "You must think we're the most obsessive parents in the world."
"No," I said. "All the parents worry." Yes, all parents worry. They were the first parents to hide behind the bins though.
I told my CG, and Jasmine just said, "They were Chinese, weren't they?"
"Yep," I confirmed.
"You'd never catch white parents acting that way."
That's because we know that we can PHONE and not spend a thirty degree day hiding behind bins with soiled nappies in them.
And the weirdest couple is:
Campbell is also new. His mum went upstairs for his thrid orientation, and he was fine. A bit upset, but got over it in less than 2 minutes. Because he decided that he had a new best friend.
Seriously, little blonde Campbell spent his entire orientation following Ryan's dad about, playing with him (Ryan is a mummy's boy), and when Ryan's dad left TO TAKE HIS OWN SON HOME Campbell was distraught. Shrieking, crying, the works.
Mum came back and was able to calm him down.
Since starting, every time he sees Ryan's dad, he's instantly bestest buddies with him.