What Nanny Did

Once upon a time there was a young lady.The girl, we will call her Georgina although that was not her real name, was never the brightest child in her class and year on year her school reports reflected this. The phrases “could do better” and “not as capable as her elder sister” were used just a little too often by her teachers.

Georgina though had many talents, gifts as her mother called them.

She indeed had many gifts and talents.

Everybody said from the time she seven years old that she could sing like an angel and by the time she was eleven she starred in school plays.

By her 19th birthday she was a professional actor working in city theatres all over the UK, Her forte was musicals and she had even auditioned for the lead in a New version of “My Fair Lady”.

At auditions though she would become nervous and as a result she never got the lead role. Nevertheless she was more often than not given the role of understudy, or member of the chorus, occasionally second female lead.

She so wanted to do better but somehow she never gained that starring role.

Once upon a time there was a young lady.

The girl, we will call her Georgiana although that was not her real name, was never the brightest child in her class and year on year her school reports reflected this. The phrases “could do better” and “not as capable as her elder sister” were used just a little too often by her teachers.

Georgiana though had many talents, gifts as her mother called them.

She indeed had many gifts and talents.

Everybody said from the time she seven years old that she could sing like an angel and by the time she was eleven she starred in school plays.

By her 19th birthday she was a professional actor working in city theatres all over the UK, Her forte was musicals and she had even auditioned for the lead in a New version of “My Fair Lady”.

At auditions though she was always calm within herself and as a result she nearly always got the lead role.

What was the difference between Georgina and Georgiana (apart from the letter a)?

It was Georgiana’s freedom from nerves.

The difference between them was simple. When they were each six years and seven months something happened. Their parents got separated and a year later divorced.

In Georgina’s world the divorce laws were simple. The father would remain financially responsible for the care of the child via a third party agency which oversaw the proceedings. Unfortunately Georgina’s mother rarely saw the money that her ex-husband paid to the agency and this caused a lot of unhappiness and disagreements between the two parents.

A consequence of this was that Georgina felt like the piggy in the middle, the cause of all the arguments between her parents, the reason they became enemies. It was all her fault.

She cried a lot, especially when she had been with her father for a weekend or gone on holiday with him.

She took some comfort in eating but to keep herself as trim as possible she would make herself sick.

Georgina’s mother would cry a lot too.

All this affected Georgina’s self confidence and this contributed to her nervousness, though her talents could not help but shine through.

In Georgiana’s world the divorce laws were simple. The father would remain financially responsible for the care of the child. Georgiana’s mother had the money that her ex-husband provided directly to her.

A consequence of this was that there were few disagreements between the two parents and their relationship stayed on an even keel even after Georgiana had left school and her father no longer had to pay for her.

Georgiana felt like a very important person to each of her parents and felt pride that her parents, through her, had remained good friends.

Sometimes she cried, especially when she had been with her father for a weekend or gone on holiday with him.

Georgiana’s mother would cry sometimes too. Retrospectively she wished she had not ended the relationship with her husband.

All this enhanced Georgiana’s self confidence and this contributed to her success, her talents could not help but shine through.

But could it be that Georgina and Georgiana are the same person and that her parents are the same people?

They are in a sense but theirs are parallel universes, and in Georgiana’s universe the government doesn’t feel the need to nanny it’s population.

 

 

Copyright © Stuart Danton 2007

 

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