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The Truth About Hiring House Help

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She says she would like to talk to talk to me for a minute. She's pausing at the top of the dining room stairs, broom in hand, and she's smiling, but her expressive eyes show that the smile is a cover for her nervousness, her embarrassment.**

She just started working for me 2 months ago. I didn't want to hire her. I'm tired of teaching new house helpers the ways of western households. I'm tired of resorting things when they are put away wrong. I'm tired of the damage to clothes and appliances because they are learning, and don't understand what I say about separating colors and using bleach. They don't just leave the door open because they don't understand that it keeps out disease causing mosquitoes, but because culturally, a closed door is just an oddity. It keeps out good luck, and good neighbors.

I'm tired of mosquitoes in my house.

I'm tired of wet dishes being put away, and damp clothes folded and sorted into the wrong shelves in the w…

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