- Below is a SK-related passage from an amusing column by in today's
(2/12) The Daily Mail (London).
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The Manny Friday
_____ by Clover Stroud, The Daily Mail, 2/12/2007
AS BEST-SELLING BOOK THE MANNY, ABOUT ONE WOMAN'S RELATIONSHIP WITH
HER MALE NANNY, TAKES AMERICA BY STORM, CLOVER STROUD TELLS WHY SHE
WOULDN'T BE WITHOUT HERS
HAVING a man about the house is a great idea in theory, but in my
experience, the reality falls far short of the fantasy. It's
depressingly true that familiarity does breed contempt, and there's
nothing like domestic intimacy to cool the heat of a romance.
What I want in a man is a dash of the bad boy mixed with a bit of
campish wit, great conversational skills and best-friend status thrown
in for good measure. [...]
So employing a manny was an experiment to start with. Before Giovanni
there was Miroslav, a text-book perfect au pair from Slovakia who made
me realize that there are some men who do actually know how to form
the sentence: "Is there anything I can do to help you?"
Responsible, industrious, educated, charming and very handsome, all my
friends with children (and quite a few without) wanted to steal him
His departure last year, after two years of living and working
together, was almost more painful than my divorce. [...]