whats domestic help? Once a year my husband takes out the trash, and I say 'thank you.' does that count?
Domestic help? Do you mean servants in my home? No, I don't. And I would think that those who DO have domestic help would be far too busy jet-setting around the globe or working to spend their days here.
I have domestic help and I do hope I can work towards spending my "days here"
*edit* to answer the OP, we do give her her due respect. Days off, complete health benefits, even free education
Nice of you; not many would do what you are doing
I am the domestic help
Yes, I'm treated with respect, if not, you may have dirty undies and cold cereal for dinner
Yes I do have domestic help that's why I can spend time in HP even though I have a baby. They are treated like part of the family.
used to, not anymore, expensive here, morning MOW
still dreaming here.....! Hey, someone just served me breakfast in bed...and some hot coffee....
someone cooked breakfast, and cleaned the kitchen, and didnt act like it was killing them....if I really had the money for something like that...I would treat help, like .....a movie star or something
Never had any domestic help, but I used to be "the help," as I see a few others here have. I was never full-time in any one home, but had several people that I generally worked for once a week. Pretty much every single person I worked for except one were great to me; two of them I still miss, I ended up moving and switching to writing full-time.
The one that was just a complete pill married a guy with a decent job, had never had enough money to hire help before, and somehow thought that made her better than anyone else she laid eyes on...she found fault with everything, even resorting to telling me that I hadn't properly dusted the underside of the coffee table! She had a ton of knick-knacks too, and if they were put back in exactly the same spot she'd say I didn't clean under them, and if they were moved even slightly she'd get upset that they weren't put back where they should be.
One of the ones I loved to death had a big, beautiful house and always asked me if I needed to take a break for something to eat or drink while I was working. She was an older lady and would often joke that her eyesight was bad enough that as long as I made sure to smear around all of the big spots on the floor and windows so she couldn't see them then that was clean enough .
The other person I really, really enjoyed working for I had actually known when I lived in the town seven years before when I was just a kid (she was a librarian). When I started working for her she completely shocked me by giving me even more of a tip (she always tipped some) on my birthday, which she'd somehow remembered from years before. She had three cats and was always so thrilled when there were no hairballs anywhere in the house when she came home on my days...everything else I did she saw as a bonus
To answer the OP...if I ever do get into a position where I can hire help I will treat them as well as I'm possibly able, I've been there and understand how much simple little things are appreciated with that job.
hey wychick, i too have been the help. Started out with my mom when i was about 13. I learned so much from the elderly women i worked for. i grew to love some of them like grandparents.
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