Tuesday, May 28, 2013
My Sosyal Maid
After 6 long months which seemed like 6 years, we finally got a maid!!!! Yahooooo!
She was referred by Rain's cousin's new yaya. We weren't expecting her to be young. Well, not that young. A year away from her debut. She seems okay. Nice, and respectful. I also noticed she was good in speaking some basic English words. Sosyal ang maid ko hehehe. She's not the usual Brosia of Pugad Baboy type hehehe. Check out the phrases I heard her say:
> "Yung parents ko po kasi..." --- Wow! Parents!
> On the phone: "(Friend's name), call you back"
> "Ma'am pwede pong mag tanong? Meron po ba kayong small pin charger?" -- I didn't even know that's what it was called! That Nokia charger with the thin metal thingy.
> On the phone: "Malayo yun! Google mo nalang. Ormoc. "
> While unpacking bags at home, she asks me: "Mam? Tired?"
Hanep no? ;-) I think she maybe a bit overqualified to just be cleaning houses.
Amidst all the sosyal-ness , I noticed she was not as experienced as one had hoped. Her cooking skills are the same as mine, and she misses the back of the furniture when she cleans. But of course we didn't feel it was right to push her away as well just because she is not as experienced. Everything can be learned. Thankfully she learns fast.
I was chatting with her and turns out she actually ran away from home because she had a huge fight with her brother who hit her. (Uh-oh...) She didn't have to work when she was home. Not even help out with household chores. She was the youngest of all 10 siblings.
Her parents worked on a farm if I'm not mistaken and they earned enough to take her to school. Until she decided she didn't want to continue schooling anymore plainly because she was lazy. Sayang. Because I'm sure a lot of other girls there in her province, or around the world for that matter, would have loved to finish school but didn't have the money. She could have stuck it out for just 1 more year and graduated high school.
Anyway if everything she said was true (of course I don't know this for sure), I therefore conclude that our maid was a little princes in their humble abode in her little province hehe. This of course worries me that there's a huge chance she won't stay long with us. Of course she's fine for now because she's mad at her brother but if they ever patch things up, for sure she will want to go home. So I told her that if she does decide to go back home, to just let us know so we can be prepared as well. We won't stop her especially because as a mom, I would be worried out of my mind for my runaway daughter. She assured me she has no plans of going home but of course you can never tell. (Disclaimer: She already called her parents to let them know she was fine and that she is here in Manila, and calls her every night.)
I'm just glad she is hard-working. When she's not doing anything (since I still take care of Rain most of the time), she looks for something to clean. She doesn't wait for me to instruct her. Although her cleaning skills is not exactly perfect, to me the important thing is she tries and she learns fast. And she's not lazy. I can also trust her with Rain especially while Rain was sick a few days ago when I had to attend a thread of events. She understood the dosage of Rain's meds (after all, she did go to high school until 3rd year). I love her proactiveness, and I applaud her for wanting to work and earn for herself. So far I think she can be trusted. Here's hoping!