I’ve just gone ballistic.
We are in our “real” home in Los Banos today, and only Yaya Isay is on duty. The others are all in Sta. Rosa. I wanted to help Isay, so I volunteered to do the laundry. I was trying to postpone it because the laundry paraphernalia were all in our houseboys’ bedroom, which is adjacent to the laundry area. I was postponing it because I felt like I’d explode if I discover the mess that is our laundry area and our boys’ bedroom.
Turns out, tama ako.
First, I saw our bathroom mats. Wet and nakatambak lang sa kahon. OK, fine. Forgiveable. Sanay na ako.
Then I saw how messy our boys’ bedroom was. I got irked because our lone houseboy (who has been our “caretaker” in Los Banos for two weeks now) admitted he was doing almost nothing as all activities were happening in Sta. Rosa. But I was still calm. I even tried to fix his bedroom. Baka mahiya na ako ang naglinis at maglinis na lagi.
And then as I was fixing his pillows, lo & behold: I found out he’s been using our goosedown feather pillow. It’s OURS, as in it belonged to our bedroom. Uminit na ang ulo ko. What the fart was it doing in his bedroom?!? It was supposed to just be in OUR bedroom!
And then my eyes caught several things: our lapel microphones (used in our classes—just last week nag-aagawan na ang teachers ng lapel microphone kasi kulang—that he was using as his radio), two standfans that were so dirty (to think I had to keep on carrying standfans from one area to another in Sta. Rosa because again, kulang).
Then I exploded. I just suddenly wanted to throw the mug with day-old coffee that was near his bed. I almost did, had Randy not stopped me. I was so so so so angry. More than angry, I felt frustrated. Just two days ago in Sta. Rosa when I wanted to cook something, I saw that our non-stick pan was non-stick no more. The “black” part that makes it non-stick was scrubbed off! The handle was also removed. Iilan lang ang non-stick namin because non-stick pans are, for me, too expensive. And now I see how it looks like your ordinary kalan from the palengke.
A week or so ago, my blouse was ruined because our helper soaked it in chlorine. That was just a few days after I reminded all our helpers that we never ever use chlorine in washing our clothes. I’d rather have a patch of stain than a whole faded blouse that looks so worn away. Then a few days after that, another helper presented me Raviv’s blue denim pants that have become white. What happened? You guess is as good as mine.
All of these happened just recently. Several, as in more things happened in the past. Like, a helper who was stealing from our office, helpers who were disrespectful, a helper who made our other helpers fight by creating intrigues among them…andami.
Nakakaiyak. We have 4 maids and 4 houseboys/drivers plus a stay-in carpenter/handyman. One would expect that our houses would be sparklingly clean because of that. But no. Our houses are messy and I’ve long given up trying to decorate them. What for? I would buy matching bed sheets and they would put mismatched sheets on our bed, or see the comforters strewn on their bedroom floors. I would buy good china but I would see them broken and nobody would admit who broke them. I would buy quality utensils but they end up in the garage, under the helpers’ beds, and even in the dog kennel.
Randy told me that I should monitor them. But the heck?!? Do I watch them while they wash my clothes? Do I watch them when they wash the dishes? Do I inspect their bedrooms all the time? Or should I really?!?
Right now, all I want is someone to breathe down our helpers’ necks. I don’t want to do that, but it seems necessary. So I couldn’t help but feel envious of the Crawleys of Downton Abbey for having a Mr. Carson.
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, I’m sure you’re also a bigger fan of the Crawleys’s butler, Charles Carson.
Carson is a man who takes his job seriously. He is very strict about the standards at Downton, and gets really upset whenever they are disrupted or breached by his coworkers. However, he does have a deep respect and admiration for the Crawley family and others of the “upstairs” world. Mrs. Hughes accuses him of worshiping them. Despite his stern exterior, he shows almost fatherly concern for his coworkers. Thomas is surprised to see him teaching Alfred about spoons, as he had never done anything like this for Thomas. Carson replied that Thomas had never asked. Though he is determined that they ensure that the house is run efficiently, and they never seek to cause trouble. He is initially against the employment Mr. Bates because he believes that his lameness will cause dissension as others will have to do his work for him, but later admitted he could not imagine Downton without him. – lifted from Wikipedia
Sarap ‘di ba? Emphasis on the “He is very strict about the standards at Downton, and gets really upset whenever they are disrupted or breached by his coworkers. However, he does have a deep respect and admiration for the Crawley family“.
Sigh. If only there’s a Mr. Carson here somewhere. ‘Yung medyo pangmasang version, baka uniform pa lang hindi ko na afford.
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