A Beautiful Day in Purgatory!

Okay, the title got your attention, didn’t it? We really only spent a couple of hours at Purgatory, but probably not what you are thinking! The Go Au Pair Providence group went hiking this past weekend at the Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, in Sutton, MA. We wanted to welcome Camila Ito, our newest au pair arrival from Brazil. She arrived only last Friday and after only one week here, we brought her to Purgatory!

Really, she just came hiking with her new host family, a great single mom and her two great kids. I came with a few of my own kids, plus a couple extras just to keep it lively. Actually, to tell the truth I was killing two birds with one stone, a popular American expression which might lead foreigners to believe we are not animal lovers. My oldest daughter is a teenager, and we all know about them, don’t we? They are foreigners in our own homes, just kidding, just kidding, but I did want to provide a safe place for her to hang out with her friends without me worrying about where they are or who is supervising.

We took the short, easy hike, since Margaret had two little ones and my youngest with me was only two. We could have made the chasm hike, which has lots of natural rock formations with funny or fancy names, but with all natural landscapes, they can change with weather and over time. We didn’t want to take the chance of slipping and falling, as the chasm can be a dangerous place. We actually found out how dangerous while we were there; a young woman took a fall and had to be taken out by four-wheeler and then ambulance. A good lesson to learn: when in doubt, take the short, easy route. Hopefully, the young woman we saw injured has been checked out and released from the hospital already.

The weather was perfect, we didn’t over-exert ourselves, and the little kids were treated to ice cream at the end of the hike. Thanks, Margaret! I want to thank each person who attended our hike and invite you all to attend the next Go Au Pair Providence social event, WaterFire Providence on September 28, 2013 at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

As always, if you or anyone you know may be interested in becoming a host family and having a cultural child care experience, full or part time, feel free to call or message me, Joan Lowell, at 401.309.1925 or jlowell@goaupair.com.

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