I was 'Au-pair no. 4', following in the footsteps of Jo, Emily and Heather.
The year was 1995, Austin was 3 and Aidan 1.
We all struck gold the day the Hudson-Lapore family chose us to be a part of their family.
I have so many happy memories of Austin and my year in Chicago.
I had a routine for washing the kids clothes/bedding and there were 2 laundry baskets in the bedroom. I used them to separate dark and light washing. I remember discussing this with Austin and he would help me sort the laundry. One day he shouted to me to come to the bedroom as he was puzzled about which basket to put his navy and white striped top. We had to sit down and wonder whether to put it in a dark or light wash and what the outcome would be. So curious and scientific even at 3!
I also remember the day Laurie shouted to me 'What have you done to my son!'
I had a moment of horror before I realised she was laughing - Austin had just told her off for not separating the laundry into the correct baskets!
Did my laundry training stay with him over the years I wonder!
A small memory but one I often smile about whilst doing the mundane task of laundry