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The Life of a Domestic Helper

The weather in Singapore is unpredictable. It can be raining early in the morning and extremely hot in the day. Sometimes, it is the opposite, an extremely hot day with a sudden heavy rain within minutes. That’s why I always bring an umbrella with me. If it is a hot day, I use the umbrella to keep myself away from the scorching sun. If it is raining, I have a walking shelter.

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“Nana, where is my whiteboard?”

“You keep it yourself. Check your bag.”

“I can’t find it!” shouts the eldest boy.

“Your mum said I cannot touch your bag, you find it yourself.”

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“I want iPad! I want iPad!” cries the youngest boy.

I walk slowly backwards into my room, avoiding the punching from the youngest boy. I cannot beat a three-year-old boy, but I need to protect myself too. If not for the help from his grandmother, I think I will retreat to the corner of my room.

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The middle boy does not shout or cry. But he always snatches toys from the youngest boy or damages the toys from the eldest boy. That’s when chaos and disaster start and I have to solve the problem.

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“Nana, there is a spider here!” shouts the eldest boy.

I do not understand why the eldest boy likes shouting so much. It is not a spider, just a spider web. Oh, I have missed some corners of the house. I quickly clean the spider web.

“Don’t worry, I have cleaned it. I will clean the whole house when you all are having holiday at Malaysia.”

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An outsider has heard the above conversation on the spider web.

“Your maid is not going to Malaysia with you?” asks the outsider.

“There is a lot of work to do and taking care of the dog,” answers the eldest boy.

That means I am not going holiday with the family. While they are away, I need to clean up the house and take care of the dog.

That’s my life. Three boys, two adults and a dog. I take care of all of them. Life has its ups and downs, just like the weather in Singapore.

 

Note to myself

Time spent: 20 minutes of continuous writing.

We have heard some stories of domestic helpers who torture the children, who steal, etc. Nonetheless, there are good ones out there. Appreciate their efforts and children should learn to respect them, not shouting at them.


3 Comments

  1. ChristineR says:

    I would think the maid would be pleased to be at home with just the dog! 🙂

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