When my 3+ year old daughter threw the acrylic paint on the bed and started making many modern arts on the walls - I realised that the "LOCKDOWN" is for everyone and every thing and I need to be equipped to deal with it all. In a desperate attempt to shoo the corona away, I too banged the thali (we banged plates, lit the lamps and performed many other tricks)…but Corona was not a sneaky cat to be shooed. It is a stealthy parasite that was as monstrous as the dementor, sucking the happiness out of us! As the monstrosity exponentially increased every day and complete lockdown was announced - the first and foremost mind numbing thought was -"The maids" not visiting the houses anymore. I always had complaints on maid, that she doesn't sweep the corners properly or leaves the coffee marks in cups - and I have to wash them again, but when she completely stopped coming... I started sensing how tough a maid's job is.
I had a new found respect on my maid however imperfect her job may be! I can live with that stain in the "kadhai (cooking vessel)" and dust speckle at the bed corner but I cannot do what all my maid does - was my first and foremost self-revelation! So in mid of the whirring of washing machine, banging of the kitchenware, whistling of the pressure cooker, electronic beeps of the microwave oven, and pings of the Office communicator, I started working... and doing it all.
|Situation during the first 21 day lockdown felt something like this|
The trends followed by Netizens like making Dalgona coffee, or playing online Housie didn't amuse me. I wanted the normalcy to be back. I was in the the first stage of the Acceptance cycle, which is "Denial" and refused to enjoy any bit of the Lockdown. From anger, I moved to bargaining, then depression, and then in a month I slowly moved towards "acceptance". I accepted that this is how life is going to be for a while and we started dividing maid duties between us at home.
|The Famous Lockdown Dalgona Coffee|
Maid Training - Key takeaways:
The key takeaways from my self-made maid training are as follows:
- A good habit which I inculcated during "self made Maid-Training" is to wash a coffee cup or a tiny spoon which I use immediately, without postponing the activity. That way the most painful task of cleaning the utensils felt much easier!
- Teaching the kid few itsy bitsy activities like folding her own bedsheet or clothes and arranging them in cupboard (though the implementation completely depended on kid's mood swings).
- The less utensils you use, the less you clean. I realized I can use just one plate and one spoon and still manage a whole day. If you don't dirty the home much, you don't have much to clean :)
- As home became school, and home became office - I bought some mini dustbins which would help in avoiding the littering around.
- Last but not the least lesson was to accept my shortcomings as a maid and work towards the betterment :)
As the lockdown relaxed a bit after 2-3 months and the maids started coming back.. I welcomed my maid with open arms and all my heart. I could actually sit and sip my "hot" tea. I could actually not shout on top of my voice to other "stay at home" members - to wash their own plates and spoons!
It was a relief - the happy intervention of maid felt jubilant, even if me and my husband discovered that we are completely "Maid for each other"!
I am participating in Blogging from A-Z challenge 2022 and this is my L post. I am taking up this challenge after many years as I want to talk about Covid life and the daughter diaries!