Mama and the new maid


First of all, I would just like to say that although I joke regularly about being a bit lazy, I am hardly a slouch when it comes to cleaning. But as any working woman will tell you, it’s not always easy to keep up with the housework. Now that my husband has come home, the tasks have doubled, and then of course who wants to spend most of the time cooking and cleaning when your husband is only home for 7 weeks?

Seems that Mama either agrees with my “amore vs. vacuum” theory or she is setting up a protest to my lack of cleaning by hiring a maid. I’m still not sure if I should be insulted or grateful!

Part of me wants to demonstrate that I too can be Super Woman and take care of the laundry, the shopping and the cooking. My North American ego was bruised and I had to sort out exactly how this news of a maid really made me feel.  But then I thought, hey wait a minute, maybe she really does understand my priorities and is just happy that her son is happy!

I have read many emails and blogs about how Italian mother in-laws don’t like the way we “North American’s keep house”, but let’s face it ladies, if Mama wants to “take care of her son”, why not let her? Eventually she will get tired of paying for a maid (I really think she just wants someone to talk to) or too old to care, so in the meantime, clean away…I’m going for an aperitivo with my husband!

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About lmarmstrong66

I'm a blogger, painter, writer, singer. For the love of all things in nature and creativity.
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One Response to Mama and the new maid

  1. Sarah Fontó says:

    Having had the same, mine sent her cleaning lady over three times a week, I opted for insulted AND grateful, all at the same time.

    Grateful – for the clean house that didn’t involve me moving after a knackering day at work and later on a knackering 24 hour session of breastfeeding (I gave birth to a son who thought he was a small, pink leech)

    Insulted – because she made no bones that she was doing it for her poor, beloved son who should not have to live in such a way !!!

    I may not be the most house-proud person in the universe but he was far from living in squalor for goodness sake.

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