Hello, it’s me, your help-less friend!
As you might have probably guessed, yes, I don’t have a helper again. Michelle stayed with us for just a little over 4 months, and while we have had some complaints (who doesn’t, really?) about her work, her stay with us was generally pleasant. In fact, she’s really a pleasant person to be around with, and, thankfully, her last day was devoid of drama. Totally unlike our last favouriiiiite yaya! 😛
(Update about the ex-yaya who had brought so much trouble to our lives: her amo’s finally sent her away just last week! Finally, nagising din sa katotohanan! Good riddance indeed.)
Anyway, back to Michelle. I’m really glad that she was with us during the time Papa got confined in the hospital. She was such a big help. We have parted ways on good terms and I couldn’t be happier.
Now I’m help-less again. I’m torn between getting a new helper (#workingsinglemumproblems) and, you know, having an extra hand in the house but not having privacy again (a big issue) and not getting a new one, depending on ourselves, and saving money in the process.
Going on without a helper was a lot easier the other year when I didn’t have a regular work schedule. But last year, a helper was a huge help — you know how awesome it is to have lunch ready when you’re taking a break from work? Yes, awesome indeed. It’s also nice to see clean floors and folded laundry. So nice.
Now it’s going to be a big change again. We’re going to cook our own meals again, vacuum, wash our clothes (or maybe we’ll go back to our favourite neighbourhood laundry shop again). I’m sorry if I sound privileged – I am not. I grew up not having a helper at all. I grew up cleaning the house, washing dishes, washing my clothes, et cetera.
But times are different now. Everyone is so busy and I have a toddler to attend to while working full-time. Papa is still sick and undergoes dialysis twice a week. Mama must be twice as busy as me, with work, purok leader duties, a middle-schooler (my sister) to attend to, plus a sick husband to boot. An extra hand is always welcome.
On the other hand, I can think of how much I can save if I don’t hire a new helper. It would be a considerable amount and would be very helpful, too, since Yuri will be starting school this June. So maybe we’ll go help-less again. After all, we were – and will be – able to manage.
At the end of the day, dirty floors won’t hurt me! 😛