My maid, Inem,is going back to her hometown this Monday. She will be spending her Hari Raya holiday with her family at Central Java for 1 whole month.
She has been with our family since my eldest daughter was 1 month old. Prior to that she worked for my mother in Bandung for 8 years. So practically she's been with us for 16 years plus..! How time flies...
I am very fortunate to have her helping me coping with my houseworks and my children's well beings. Every 2 years she would go back to her hometown for 1 month. In between, she also went back with me to Bandung during holidays. From Bandung she would take 11 hour bus trip to her hometown for a week or so.
No matter how often I was left without her, the feeling is still the same... I am totally loss without her..!!
By western standard, I am super spoiled... but by Indonesian standard, I am a bit deprived of "maids" as most of Indonesian households have 2-3 maids.
A lot of my friends thought my Inem must be super smart, hard working and efficient, so good as she is close to be a Supermaid.
Well, let me tell you something... She is NOT.
Same thing with her friends, who are also working as maids for my neighbours, they think that Inem is so lucky to have a perfect employer.
Well, she will tell you the same thing... I am NOT.
We have our differences...
She forgot a lot of things, she had her bad mood days (which made her accidently shouted at me), she turned some of my white clothes pink, she burnt my trousers, she broke a lot of glasses and bowls, she spoiled my cheeses by leaving them in the cupboard instead of fridge, etc etc..
I got irritated, I was forgetful, I didn't tell her proper directions to do things, I made her upset, I made her work beyond her working hours when I invited people having dinners at my house, I woke her up 2am when my babies threw up, etc etc..
But somehow, we understand each other... Although sometimes we made each other upset.. We both know that inside, we do care for each other.
We understand that we both are not perfect.. we have our flaws and we accept them.
So, this writing is my tribute to Inem, who will never read this blog. Because even before she is gone, I have already missed her... The thought of doing piles of laundry, ironing (i really hate ironing), washing dishes, gardening, vacuuming, mopping, etc.., have been haunting me for the past 1 week..
So, for the next one month : my kitchen will be closed, my house will be messy, my mood will be unpredictable and my insanity will be tested.
Let's see what kind of craps I will write in my next blog...
Have a happy weekend...!