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Stories My Cleaning Lady Told Me
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The name of my cleaning lady was Susan. Susan was attending nursing school at the time, and she needed some extra money. So she hired herself out to do housework. She acquired several clients besides me.

On my days, after her work was done, we used to have lunch in my kitchen before she had to get to the hospital in time for her 3-11 shift. I always looked forward to the stories she told so well.

Susan said she had agreed to clean the Sommers' house twice a week. Mrs. Sommers went to business in the daytime, so she told Susan where she would hide the key and Susan's fee. Susan had never been in the house before, so when she let herself in and looked around, she was aghast. The place was filthy. Susan, being a conscientious person, felt that the best thing to do was to do a thorough job in one room at a time.

Susan started on the kitchen which was encrusted with grease. She took all the dishes out of the cupboards where she found newspapers spread out under the dishes that bore dates and headlines from twenty years ago. She cleaned the kitchen from soup to nuts. By the time it was sparkling, her six hours were used up. She'd never had time to even touch the rest of the house.

She arrived at the hospital already exhausted from that strenuous cleaning job. She received a furious phone call later from Mrs. Sommers who came home to find the place still in a mess. Susan tried to explain her game plan. Mrs. Sommers, who hadn't even noticed how clean her kitchen was, fired Susan!

Another client of Susan's was Mr. Clarke, an elderly bachelor, a salesman. Susan would meet him going out the door as she was coming in to clean. Mr. Clarke obviously had no idea of how conscientious Susan was. After she had stripped his bed, she always turned the mattress over. She had a habit of doing her own bed that way before she put fresh sheets on.

In Mr. Clarke's case, however, he had stacks of greenbacks bound with rubber bands under his mattress. Susan and I used to laugh about how lumpy his bed must have been. Susan placed all the stacks of money on the floor while she vacuumed the base. Then she placed them carefully back in the positions in which she had found them, before she finished turning the mattress and making the bed.

Underneath the bed were bags of coins which she had to pull out before she could vacuum the dust bunnies. Susan, being conscientious, never helped herself to any of the money. It was as safe with her as if it had been in the bank where it should have been.

Susan had been cleaning for Mr. Clarke for many months when Christmas rolled around. Susan was hoping for a little Christmas bonus, which she really needed. But Mr. Clarke said to her, as he paid her her usual cleaning fee, "Susan, I'm so sorry, but business hasn't been good this year, so I can't give you a present as I was hoping to. I'm sure you understand."

Susan said that she stared at him with her mouth open as he walked out to his car. She said she did her usual good job, But she could never bring herself to go back there. She called him up and quit. And, no, she didn't help herself to her own Christmas present, either.

Then there was the elderly gentleman who taught her to make the hot toddies that he loved to drink. That skill wasn't in a house cleaner's job description, but she humored him as long as he didn't crave too many. But there came a day, when he tried to wrestle her into bed with him.

"I had a hard job getting away from him," she said, "I had no idea how strong the old goat was!" She hated to leave with her cleaning half done, but she wasn't going to stay in that house with him for another minute. She guessed his wife could finish up when she got home from work.

I felt really sorry for Susan because she worked so hard. I was making a good living, staying at home and working on my laptop. I tried to explain internet marketing to her, but she wouldn't listen.

What she loved was taking care of sick people, especially bed patients. Her face glowed when she talked of her patients. She stopped cleaning houses when she graduated and became an RN.

I still see my cleaning lady every few months when we meet for lunch.. I know she loves her job, but what happens if she gets sick or has an accident? I am secure and I wish she were, too. But I'm going to keep working on her. Susan is too good a person not to be secure, also.


Street Talk

Gee, you're making me purr, too! It's so nice when folks compliment a person's efforts...It usually goes the other way... I am still working on my website. I haven't fixed it yet. I got both of those domain names from Jaaxy. The last named website is the one I'm building in the Boot Camp. I've never written anything else, except I used to write lots of letters to my friends. You guys are really pumping me up...Maybe I'll write a BOOK!!!! I just gave you the URLs to my two websites, but that's a no-no on SA, so I had to delete them...Sorry!

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C. Hughes  

I too like the way you write, where are your links to your webpage? I want to read more of your stuff!

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carthage  

The stories and your writing style are fantastic. I really liked the way you wrote the article.

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Thank you so much for your very kind feedback. I love hearing folks say they like the way I write...Right now, I'm purring like a kitten! I really appreciate your comment!

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