She made me smile
She made me smile that evening.
I wasn’t expecting her and it would have been okay if she hadn’t showed up. She is honest and regular and I have never had a doubt on her work. To add to that, some times I tell her to take a day off if she wants. I also tell her to skip chores for the day and take it easy. We all do that at work, don’t we?
Two days back, there was a Nepali community event and she was keen on attending. She was sure about coming to work even late in the evening. She said that she would let me know of her plans the following day. I am sure she would have if I wasn’t fast asleep when she came.
The next day, she did not turn up at her usual time. I had a slight idea so I was convinced that she would be around in the evening. We wanted to step out for shopping so I got ready when the door bell rang. When I heard the water run, I knew she was at work. Within seconds, VT came in and said that she was all dressed up and is in the kitchen washing the utensils.
As I stepped into the kitchen, what I saw flattered me. She attended the event she wanted to and came back to wash the dishes like she had promised. She did not even go home to change. I asked her to leave but she insisted on finishing her work. When I knew there was no point trying, I tied an apron around her so that her saree doesn’t get wet.
This time she smiled and kept on with her job.
With so many conversations about domestic helps and our lives without them, I feel blessed to have Sushila around. People like her make me feel that it is not about the work we do but how we do. Professionalism isn’t just for the office goers.
Writing for Yeah Write 335 today and that nudge from Michelle was what I needed to be back to this space. Thank you, Michelle.