Rose Hutten is Nova Scotia’s Best Child Care Provider (and I’m not Accepting Rebuttals)

It’s fashionable in modern society to lavish praise on people for their mediocre accomplishments or inevitable life milestones. You know what I’m talking about: someone gets a compliment from their boss at work, humble brags about it on the Internet, and then gets flooded with comments about how AH-MAAAA-ZING they are, as if they’d just done a backflip on Mars or something.

But I’m not at all fashionable, and I don’t participate in such hyperbole. I hardly ever praise people, and so when I do, you can be absolutely certain that they deserve it.

And there’s someone who deserves it. And her name is Rose Hutten.

Rose Hutten has cared for our two kids for the last four years (two years with my son, and four with my daughter). I first heard about ‘Rosie’ from my wife around 2016, when she insisted we should move heaven and earth to get the kids to the top of Rosie’s waiting list. Honestly, I scoffed. We already had good child care for the kids, and it seemed like a nuisance to me to have to switch up and acclimatize them to a new environment. But my wife persisted, and since she trumps me on all matters child-related, I acquiesced.

It would be one of the greatest decisions of our lives.

We eventually got to the top of the waiting list (I credit my wife’s persuasion skills for this), and then the following September we finally sent the kids to join four others at ‘Rosie’s House’. And there is no other child care environment on earth that I would have traded it for.

Rosie is extraordinary. If Mr. Dress-up, Julia Child, and June Cleaver fused their best traits and started a daycare, the result would be Rosie’s Daycare. Every morning for four years, Rosie has greeted us at the door with the exact same high level of energy and delight she did the very first day. And then eight hours later — after engaging 6 kids all day (and never with any assistance from a screen) — she greets us again…… with the exact same high level of energy and delight she did in the morning. It’s unbelievable, really.

And in those 8 hours, they do everything in and around that house. They bake, they sing, they dance, they play freely, they go on walks, they play in the yard, they listen to music, they read stories, they do community clean-ups, they celebrate every holiday you’ve ever heard of (and some you haven’t), and they make crafts that defy their age. They learn about the world, and about each other. They learn to be loving, cooperative, empathetic human beings.

Now, if by chance you’re reading this and your children also went to Rosie’s, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. You also know that, unfortunately, no words can possibly do justice. Because most parents think their kid’s care provider is the best in the same way that everyone thinks their own mother’s cooking was the best.

But I’m seriously telling you: Rosie is the undisputed champion of child care provision. She stands above her peers like Serena Williams. She’s the Tom Brady of hanging out with kids all day. Others are very good. She is the GOAT. If the entire education system were full of Rosie-clones, we’d be inhabiting a much different — and much better — world.

What makes Rosie even better is her humility. To circle back to my original point, we live in an era where everyone wants to be celebrated for this, that, or the other thing. But not Rosie. She seeks no recognition and demands no praise. She just loves to nurture children and she is unparalleled in her pursuit of this goal. She is as reliable, dependable, and trustworthy as any person I have ever done business with, and probably even anyone I’ve ever known. I can count on one hand the number of times over four years that Rosie had to take a day off (and she once broke her foot mid-season).

Many parents have nightmares about dropping their kids off at daycare, and having the child cling to their legs because they don’t want to part ways. We have much the opposite problem: most of the time when we show up to Rosie’s at the end of the day to collect our offspring, they’re annoyed to see us and don’t want to leave. And we’re good parents. My wife is an exceptional parent, even.

If this all sounds too good to be true, well, it isn’t. Rosie’s care for our children has far surpassed our expectations in every way — and they were high to begin with. If someone you know has children, or is expecting them, you’d do very well to urge them to see about getting on Rosie’s waiting list (perhaps I’m doing Rosie a disservice as her waiting list is probably long enough as it is, but I just can’t help myself).

Why am I telling you all of this? I am telling you all of this because in June 2022, our four year journey through ‘The Rosie Years’ will come to its tearful conclusion. Our youngest will enter school in the fall, and the goodness and wholeness of the years at Rosie’s Daycare will begin to become a memory. We’ll be sad that it’s over, but over-the-moon that it happened.

So here’s to Rosie, for an unforgettable four years helping shape our children.

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Joel Stoddart

Joel Stoddart

Joel Stoddart is a heterodox hobby writer living in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. He is a loving father and husband. Opinions are solely his own.