Guest Column (5/21/09)

Auf wiedersehen, Williston!

May 21, 2009

By Bianca Jager

One and a half years ago, I arrived at the Burlington Airport. Very nervous! I kind of calmed down with saying to myself, “It will be fine, I’ll get my luggage and then I will meet my new host family.”

But the Jennings were faster! They picked me up before I could even finish that thought. I saw all those blond little heads in front of the gate’s entrance. I was about to die, because I was so nervous. But not for long. Not even a minute later I was so happy and the question, “Why did I do this? Why do I have to go away from home?” never even came back into my mind.

I have never met a family like them. They are so full of energy, lovely, funny, kind. I will probably never find the right expression to say how awesome they are.

Then, after six months in Vermont, my host mum’s mother came to stay with us. Nervous again! But I have to tell you, she is the coolest lady I have ever met in my life.

I wish every au pair that makes that step and goes to a foreign country, nervous about her destination and the people she will meet there, will have so much luck like I had.

I have to say this was the best decision I have ever made in my life. And I would tell everybody who thinks about it to go for it. Who knows, maybe I will see your kids sometime in Germany or Europe, having the most awesome year of their life like I had.

My time as an au pair did come to an end, and I have to say, auf wiedersehen — goodbye.

I will miss Williston and all the nice people I met here. I really appreciate how kind and helpful everybody was. Thank you so much for that. All the great activities the town does, how kind the teachers are in the school and also all of Laura, Emma, Adele and Charlie’s friends. I want to say thank you to every single one of you. I don’t think there would have been a better place to be an au pair than in this lovely little town and also no better host family than the Jennings. I will miss you all a lot.

I will never forget the great time I had here and hope to see some of you some time again.

Dankeschön for all the help you gave me, Williston residents.

Bianca Jager served as an au pair for the Jennings family in Williston from November 2007 until earlier this month.