Source: http://HouseofGeek.com Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire
It’s not that I mind cleaning the house but at the age of 63, the lumbar spinal stenosis really acts up when I run the vacuum cleaner. So I was lucky to hire an amazing very perfectionist housekeeper whom I call Housekeeper from Heaven. She cleaned my house better than anyone even though she charged more. I am ashamed to say that she ventured into a few places I had not even considered. But alas, her mother fell and broke her hip and the Housekeeper’s own back began to act up so she had to give it up for while. I told her I would take her back anytime!
Princess daughter suggested I hire someone younger. So I did. I hired what seemed to be a sweet young mountain girl who tried to convince me what a hard worker she was. That is if, and I say if, and when she showed up on time or didn’t call at the last minute to change the day she was coming. Once she forgot the key to my house and I had to leave the door unlocked. The final straw was the day she sent these two text messages:
“Running late (as always) but I’m on my way! I got my key this time! ????”
“Anna, I’m not going to make it…my truck is messing up terribly and ive got to turn around. :(. I’m so sorry and I’ll be in touch ASAP”
I had enough of smiley face apologies and sent her the following:
“I no longer need your services. Need someone I can count on who shows up on time.”
I had calmed down before I sent this message so I was very proud of my restraint.
I have taken great advantage of this situation with my favorite Yankee, I started cleaning the house and moaned and groaned and held my back from pushing the heavy vacuum. He promptly ordered me a new light weight vacuum. One of the online reviewers of this device said, “This vacuum SUCKS! But in a good way. It picks up everything.” The Yankee even volunteered to clean the smaller bathroom.
Fast forward to three weeks later. I was looking for a housekeeper and called Housekeeper from Heaven and begged her to come back. She was ready. Yes, as Princess Daughter reminds me, this is a first world problem but I solved it.