It all started when my old maid left after working with me for 25 odd years to live with her son the rest of her life. She was honest, sincere and a woman who cared for the welfare of our family. She would wash the dishes thoroughly, wipe them with a clean dish cloth and place them in their respective slots. She would dust the furniture, sweep and mop the floor and occasionally wash the clothes, infact she enjoyed the task and didn’t like the idea of a washing machine to be used for the purpose. Needless to say she was the envy of my friends who thought I was lucky to have got such an efficient maid working for me.
But as all good things come to an end, I had to part with her when she decided to move with her son who relocated with his wife in the neighbouring State. Soon my interviews with prospective maids began in right earnest. It didn’t take long for me to realize who would be my ‘future boss’ and the adjustments in store for me and my family who reluctantly agreed for the ‘paradigm shift.’
‘Atlast, I am going to sit back and not bother about the household chores’, I thought to myself and started reading the day’s newspaper even as my eyes involuntarily turned to the clock at frequent intervals. It was past 10 a.m. and there was no sign of the new maid appearing. I tried to mull over our conversation that took place the previous morning when she had promised to join work on the first. ‘I shall be at your place exactly at eight in the morning, amma,’ she had said. ‘I am not one to go back on my word’ She assured me smiling sweetly.
After waiting for another hour or so I sauntered helplessly to the wash area where a pile of dinner plates, soup bowls and cook ware from the previous night’s party I had hosted for my friends were staring at me!
The next day dawned and even as I braced myself for a vigorous search all over again for a maid, I heard a familiar voice calling me ‘amma’.
There stood the new maid greeting me with a broad smile .
Before I could say anything she forestalled me ,’amma, wasn’t yesterday April first?
My anger ebbed away giving place to relief!
n.meera raghavendra rao