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And now, nearly 55 years after JFK’s assassination, Shaw’s personal diary is being auctioned offering intimate glimpses into the First Childhoods of her young charges.
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canada goose outlet online The Malta born Englishwoman had spent decades caring for other children across the world before she was employed by the Kennedys, joining the family just days before Caroline’s birth. canada goose outlet online
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Her detailed notes about the children’s development in the diary show the close bond she has with them almost from birth; she describes them in terms such as ‘angelic’ and ‘full of fun and mischief’ and includes a 1960 note canada goose uk outlet following a doctor’s check up for Caroline in which she proudly reports the girl is ‘healthy,’ ‘strong’ and has ‘above average intelligence.’
And the children’s affection for ‘Ms Shaw,’ as they called her, is equally evident. Accompanying canada goose store the diary are signed letters and postcards addressed to the nanny from Caroline.
In one letter, written buy canada goose jacket on Antigua, West Indies letterhead, the First Daughter writes: ‘Thank you so much for The Finding Out Treasury. It is so good. I read about how Smallpox Vaccination was invented. It was very interesting. I didn’t have time to read anything else as I was busy opening presents. John loves his book too. Thank you again. I MISS YOU!’
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canada goose outlet store uk She signs https://www.canadagoosepark.com her correspondence ‘Love, Caroline,’ and at times includes an affectionate row of X’s and O’s beneath her name. canada goose outlet store uk
Perhaps some of that affection grew out of the bonds that develop from tragedy. Shaw was asked by the children’s maternal grandmother to break the news of the JFK assassination to them, and describes that deeply sad moment in canada goose factory sale her memoir.
canada goose factory outlet ‘I sat on the edge of [Caroline]’s bed [that night] and felt tears well up in my eyes. Caroline looked up at me,’ she wrote. canada goose factory outlet
‘»What’s the matter, Miss Shaw? Why are you crying?» I took her in my arms. «I can’t help crying, Caroline, because I have some very sad news.»
canada goose outlet toronto factory ‘Then I told her. It was a dreadful time for us both. Eventually she fell asleep while I sat on the bed, still patting her. At last I tiptoed from the room, leaving the door open just a crack, as always.’ canada goose outlet toronto factory
Michael Powell, writing for The Washington Post in 1999, said that Shaw hadn’t wanted to break such terrible news to Caroline, nearly 6, and John Jr, 3.
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Shaw, left, follows the First Family as they prepare to board Air Force One for a trip to Florida; Shaw wrote her own book about her service to the family titled White House Nannie
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‘The little boy considered that.
‘»I wonder when he’s coming back,» he said.’
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