22 (Tue) November 2011
by the new helper
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Lately, we’ve had a new helper around the house. Our previous domestic help, Nanny 2, quit for the 3rd time about a month ago to get some rest and spend time with her son, who recently moved to Seoul from Shanghai. The new maid has come in three times on a part-time basis, including today, 8 hours each day. Based on her performance, the only two chores that she’s capable of, or at least willing to do, would seem to be washing the dishes and cooking. I suspect that she does the dishes just so that she’ll have an empty sink to facilitate the cooking. Today, after she’d left, I returned home in the evening to find the bathrooms uncleaned, the floors unvacuumed, and the laundry unlaundered save for a single load still running in the machine; but, on the stove, in addition to this mackerel dish in a saucepan, I found a stockpot filled with 12 liters of dashi stock – 12 LITERS – TWELVE FUCKING LITERS. Aside from what to do with all that stock, I have nowhere to store it. She’s a good cook, both the mackerel and the stock and the other things that she’s made have all been good, but that’s really not what we hired her for. I thought that I’d been clear on the parameters of her employment with us, but apparently a follow-up briefing is in order.
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