The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. ~John Powell
In the ongoing search to find appropriate light housecleaning services for my aging mom, I’ve just about come to the conclusion it would be easier to strap wings to a pig’s back and watch him fly.
Over the past few years, Mom’s had a few “girls” in to clean. Mop the floors, dust, vacuum, sanitize bathrooms, and so forth. Nothing like what we kids had to do when I was young — haul the mattresses outside to air, hang out the upper story windows to clean them, or remove little fingerprints from the walls with ammonia.
Some helpers have been acceptable. Kind-hearted souls who gladly let Mom push them around.
Others? Not so much.
The last one was by far the worst.
Iris (name changed to protect the guilty) was fast. And she didn’t spend time chatting on her phone. Nor did she charge much. But that’s where the positives end.
It started innocently enough. Mom told me she was missing a dollar bill from an envelope.
“Could Iris have taken it?” she wondered.
Truthfully, I wondered if Mom was confused over just how many bills had been in that envelope, although Mom has never been flippant with cash.
So Mom decided to set a trap. The next week, she left a dollar where Iris was sure to see it, and once again, the dollar was gone when Iris left.
Mom still wasn’t convinced … until she found an empty bottle that should have contained painkillers.
Heavy-duty, controlled substance pills Mom’s doctor had prescribed after her shoulder replacement surgery.
I hit the roof. “Don’t let her back in this house!” I demanded. “Why lock our doors if we’re going to invite people in to steal from us?”
Still, Mom was wavering, until one of her neighbors (who also employed Iris) confessed she, too, had a bottle of painkillers turn up missing. And she had three twenty-dollar bills lifted right from her purse.
When I told Domer, he laughed. “What did you expect, living in a small town better known for meth than its work ethic?” he said.
The little imp is right, I guess. So the search continues.
Any suggestions on hiring good help??