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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!


Rent a Yenta, Borrow a Babushka, Hire a Helper… has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it?  I’m talking about more than a babysitter or a house cleaner, but that could be attractive, too.  Instead, I mean somebody that you could trust with your kids, pets, and jewels for a week or two, along with hiring out some handyman projects, organizing the closets, and cooking a week’s worth of meals for whenever you decide to return to civilization.

I see that there is such a thing as “Rent a Yenta” in select cities.  “Yenta” is Yiddish for a meddler, gossip, or busybody.  Got enough of those, already, thank you.  But a babushka, a grandmotherly type, would be a nice addition to the family, since we have none of our own nearby.

It’s the Russian way.  Babushkas come to live with couples who have children.  They shop, they cook, they do after-school care.  They know what’s best for the kids, and since they live there day-in and day-out, a lot of the spoiling-the-grandchildren tendencies go out the window.


“Mama, she said I have to sit up straight, eat my vegetables, and comb my hair,” one might complain.

“That’s right, dear,” I would smile benignly as I head out the door.

Personally, I’m looking for a Mrs. Doubtfire prototype, with a little drill sergeant, former-prisoncamp-matron thrown in to boot.  Someone who’s capable, who has no life of their own, and who can run a household without constant coaching would be top requirements, as well.  If they have x-ray vision and can determine which children have not brushed their teeth, and which ones have toenails that need to be trimmed or homework to be done… all the better.

These are skills that are difficult to determine ahead of time.  You hire them, and find out the good, the bad, and the ugly later.  Just about when you’d need to take off on a business trip, or a couples-only getaway, the borrowed babushka turns into chain-smoking, beer-swilling, no-goodnik.

No, I need reliability and references.  Know anybody?



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6 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Lisa says:

    How much will you pay? Maybe I’ll come….wait, then I’d have to find one for my kids. My parents don’t babysit sadly.

    • avatar admin says:

      Do I have to pay? I thought a Babushka would simply be happy to help-! But that’s another thought, Lisa, we could all swap families for a week… and foster instant thankfulness. 🙂

  2. avatar Kathleen says:

    Ooh, I want one too!

  3. avatar Sybil says:

    You mean you didn’t do the double adoption at the time you could ? One child, one babushka…it was in the paperwork. Sorry you didn’t see it.

    • avatar admin says:

      That’s it, Sybil, they were probably holding those papers out from the rest of the stack-! I never saw it. And I was probably one of the few people who actually poured over the paperwork comparing the Russian with the English. Did you know that there’s a whole lot in there that’s not translated-? Scary. But I didn’t see the Babushka part…. I wonder if there’s any statute of limitations, or I could just hop on over there and put in my claim now? Worth a try….

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