That’s my job, the maid told me

On my last visit to my parents’ place, my mother and I took some time to prepare some veggies at the kitchen table while the maid (Sarah) was cooking.  As usual, we were chatting, laughing and having a good time.  At one point, the maid spilled some water on the kitchen floor.  I knew that she could not stop was she was doing and dry the floor, so I did the mopping.  As I finished, I noticed Sarah looking at me.  She then said:

“That’s my job, Auntie.”

“I know, Sarah, but I thought I should help since you are busy.”

“I do all the cleaning when you are not here, and I would have mopped the floor.”

“I am sorry, Sarah.  It’s just that I am used to doing all the housework in the States and so I did not think twice about mopping the floor.”

She did not respond but her expression said “Do you want me to lose my job?!” I understood where Sarah was coming from because this job is something that not helped her take care of her family, but was the only income her family had for several months when her husband was in between jobs.  I really felt bad, but I cannot help being used to doing chores back home even when there is a maid.

I hired Mary for a week a few years ago when I went home to hep with a big family gathering.  (This was long before Sarah was hired.)  At the end of her contract, Mary said she had been surprised that I was doing half the work.  She had experience as a maid, and said none of her former employers before had helped chores because she was there to do it.  She asked me why I was helping her.  Well, my answer was the same as the one I later gave Sarah.

Living in the west has changed me a lot.  I used to think that I am a very lazy pre-west living, but I continue proving myself wrong every time I go home. 🙂

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lakshmi Bhat
    Jun 07, 2020 @ 16:06:24

    I do some of the dusting and removing the cobwebs before my maid comes. It is good for me too 🙂

    Reply

  2. anotherday2paradise
    Apr 29, 2020 @ 20:16:28

    I tried having a maid in South Africa, but being from England, I found that I preferred to do the cleaning myself. It’s just the way i was brought up, I guess.

    Reply

  3. cindy knoke
    Apr 29, 2020 @ 05:51:59

    Someone far away offered to pour me water.

    Reply

  4. leggypeggy
    Apr 28, 2020 @ 23:46:00

    I’m used to helping to even if I have hired someone to do the job.

    Reply

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