Letter to Family
My name’s Manuela Del Piano, I'm 21 years old and I lived in Settimo Torinese for 21
years, a town a few miles from Turin. Now I’m living in an Irish family as un aupair.
My family is made up of five people: my mother (47 years old) who works as a civil
servant, my father (48 years old) who is a computer technician at the University of Turin,
my sister who is 13 years old and my brother who is 12 years old .
I have a big love for children, perhaps due to the fact that there is a difference of 10
years between my sister and me. When my brother and my sister were little I was a second
mother to them. I took care of them when my mom was at work: changing napkins, preparing
meals and lulling them to sleep: this empowered me in spite of my young age.
I also had a wonderful opportunity to baby-sit for a child of 5 years old for a full year.
I was spending with him many hours a day, and it was a wonderful experience. In addition
to looking after the house, I did everything a mother does with her child, prepare dinner,
bringing him to school, telling fairy tales to make him sleep and many other things ... I
enjoyed a lot to see the first experiences of Lorenzo, and help him to make the first
homework. This is why I chose to have an experience as "au pair", because I think it will
be a learning experience for me, as well as my English will be improving too. Now, i look
after two girls in an Irish family since 2 months and half, and I’m very happy here, but I
must change family because here there isn’t ballet school, and for my future I need to
When I was 11, I approached the ballet by accident. Up to that age of 15 I did a lot of
sports that I liked, but I never gave them a sense of completeness that I found later in
the ballet. The ballet was an essential element in my character since my teenage years. I
learned to persevere if I want something, concentration, awareness of my body and my
abilities, and much more.
England is perfect for me, I love a lot, there are ballet schools which I can choose
between (going to ballet don't deduct time from work, but by my free time!).
Manuela Del Piano