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LIFE AS A HOUSE MAID IN MY OWN HOMEBY: Brianna Kim | Category: Relationships | Post Date: 2009-01-15
No social life to account for. All my friends have to understand I am very busy. And guess what, a new day brings back all the tiring house work all over again. From dusk till dawn I am on my feet with little or no rest. -Is this what a house maid goes through from sunrise to sunset, January to December?- I ask myself. It is a life of more and more work everyday which I could not see myself surviving at any circumstance.
Forget the very busy days with visitors, parties, Christmas or Easter; the following is a very ordinary day with an average schedule for any house help.
It is 5 o'clock in the morning. My siblings are fast asleep, snoring loudly. I can not stand the snoring bit so I turn around in my bed to face the wall. The cock crows loudly for the umpteenth time. I am suddenly sleepless knowing that the moment I decide to close my eyes I might wake up at 7 o'clock. Slowly I push away the blankets and put my feet on the cold, carpet-less floor of the bedroom. It is incredible that I am home for a short break from school but I have to wake up before sunrise. Our house maid left a week earlier before I arrived home. Mother was not able to get a replacement, but since I was to come home they could survive for a few days without one.
From my bed I headed straight to the bathroom for a quick warm shower before everybody else is up. It is time to prepare breakfast; the kids will be leaving for school at 6a.m. If I do not hurry up they might go to school hungry. Mom will not be impressed. Thirty minutes later the breakfast table is already set, and the kids are taking their share hurriedly before they miss their school buses. Thank goodness I do not have to prepare any packed lunches for them as that would mean me waking up at 4 a.m.
As they take breakfast I start cleaning the house. I begin by dusting the windows, mopping the floor, cleaning the toilet then washing the dishes. One chore leads to another.
My parents are now ready to have breakfast which I personally have to serve. My father hates it when he has to ask for something which I should have put on the table so I have to stick around to see what it is that he needs until he is done. After breakfast I must have budgeted for the whole day's meals, be given the amount of money I need to get all the food stuff and then head off to the supermarket to get any that I would need for the day.
Preparations for lunch begin immediately I get back from shopping. The whole cooking process may take two to three hours depending on what will be for lunch. At 12.30 my dad is back home for lunch. He hates waiting because he is such a busy guy so I make sure I have gotten it right with the timing. My mother can not make it home for lunch which means she needs packed lunch taken to her by none other than me. So after dad finishes his meal, I clear the table, pack mom's lunch then off I go to her work place.
Luckily I do not have to wait on her to finish her meal. I just head back straight home to take care of other important household chores. Remember no dishes were washed after breakfast as well as those I used to make lunch with plus the ones dad used at lunch time. Straight away I get back to washing these dirty dishes, a task which takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Again, my parents' clothes have to be washed after two days and ironed as soon as they dry up. The dishes are already clean and dry; I get to washing clothes or ironing them.
As soon as that is done, it is almost 4p.m. my siblings will be back from school any minute. Unfortunately they are not any form of relief to me. I get to do all the house chores while they get to make all the dished dirty and the floors dusty. The first to arrive goes straight switching on the television watch her favorite program, something I could not afford to do. The next one goes straight to bed and others who get home end up in the kitchen eating the food I was not able to eat due to running up and down so that I could catch up with time and finish the house work.
At 5p.m I have to begin preparing dinner. It takes about three hours to get everything ready so that by 8 o'clock everyone sits down to enjoy a meal I personally can not enjoy as much. There after I clear the table to go wash the dirty dishes. By 10p.m I am done with the washing. The house has to be clean by bedtime, and milk in the freezer has to be enough and good for breakfast before I go to bed.
The first to wake up, the last to go to bed, that is the order of the day. Please appreciate your housemaids as much as possible no matter how much they get paid for the work they do. It is no joke to clean those dirty dishes every single day!
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