Is It Friday Yet?

I resisted the urge to scream when it became apparent that my house help was leaving last Saturday. Morning. I wanted to scream because my children were not to attend school this whole week due to KCPE exams going on. I wanted to scream because of the pile of dirty laundry that was looking at me it is on Saturday morning when I sleep off all the week’s fatigue. I wanted to scream because I shall be travelling in a week’s time and I shall be away from home for days. How are the girls going to cope being minded by someone they are not used to (that is if I get a replacement)? I wanted to scream because she was so good with the kids. I wanted to scream because my kids believed her when she lied to them she will be coming back. I know. She was just trying to be nice.

Without help around the house I had two options. Be superwoman or do what I can. I chose to do what I can. But it ain’t that bad now. It was worse when the kids were really small and your house help left you. They always do by the way. House helps leave when you need them most. That is why I don’t like getting too friendly with my house helps. Let them befriend my kids. In fact that is part of their job description – to get along with the kids. I learnt that being nice to your house help does not mean that she will be nice enough to give you a notice that she’s leaving. You know that saying …it is the people closest to you hurt you most? That’s what I mean.

But life goes on. On Sunday there was a wedding ceremony at church. The simplicity of the ceremony was something to admire. No veils or motorcades or envious brides maids. Just the couple and their best couple. The lady wore a simple white kitenge and the man a black suit and tie. The priest made a lengthier sermon because of this ceremony. He gave several stories some of which I have seen in form of e-mail forwards. Yap. Our priest is that un-original internet savvy!

If there is anything that has helped me get through this week it is the #KCPE2010 Trending Topic on Twitter that got trending internationally which is a BIG DEAL :) . Sample this (Pardon me if I don’t give credit. There were a lot of  retweets so it’s hard to know who ORIGINALLY said what):
• #KCPE2010 Andika Sentensi isiyozidi herufi 140
• #KCPE2010 Which part of the name Kenya Power doesn’t KPLC take seriously? A)Kenya B)Power
• #KCPE2010 Mary uses Kshs.20 to call her friend for 6 minutes i) Which network is Mary on? ii) How many bonga points does Mary get?

Somehow I have survived this week so far. Thank God for the gift of family and friends. My girls are fine and happy. I am too. And I am hopeful that I will get another house help soon. I have got lots to do at work too. So much work that I didn’t realize that I removed my wedding ring on Tuesday night as I was doing some cleaning and since then it has been hanging on a hook  in the laundry room.

Otherwise, I am looking forward to, no, super excited about the trip I mentioned that I’ll be making soon. The only problem is that I shall miss spending my wedding anniversary with hubby and I shall miss my daughter’s graduation. Yes. Little miss is graduating to Primary school.

Now, tell me when Friday is here so I can toast to another week  gone from my 2010 calendar.

10 comments for “Is It Friday Yet?

  1. November 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    sorry about your househelp! am sure you’ll figure it out soonest :)
    #kcpe2010 was hilarious!!! i’m still in stitches

  2. tyrus
    November 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Wow househelps eh? Load of help. Anyway am glad you got to enjoy KCPE2010 as much as I did. good job on the blog, interesting read as always. Hope you can do one about the JKUAT days soon  :)

  3. 16yrOldKenyanGuy
    November 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Is it really that serious about wedding rings? Mtu akiitoa the better half huzushanga?
    You really can’t blame your househelp. Pray for her to become another Nyota Ndogo.

    • millicent
      November 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      SOL! (sighing out loud). Househelps. Been there, done it. Just when you think she is well adjusted to your family, she wants to leave. I wonder, what goes on in their minds….anyone?

  4. November 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    House helps. People advocating for their rights should also make a point of telling them to take their jobs seriously. Like giving notice and such. They’re taken as they take their jobs.
    #kcpe2010 was out of this world. Kenyans are so wired, switched on and dynamic! I like!

  5. November 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    ‘Cause I am a Superwoman, yes I am, yes she is, Still when i’m a mess, I put on a vest with a S on my chest, Oh yes I’m a Superwoman’ That jam by Alicia Keys went through my head as I read this. You a super mom and a phenomenal woman people should take note 😉

  6. NyaguthiiKabari
    November 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    LOL :) THe KCPE things have totally cracked me up:) I know how you feel about house-helps:/ It’s a VERY sad and unfortunate fact:( <Hopefully you’ll find an awesome one (as rare as they are>

  7. November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I think that t-shirt sums of my life on most days! well said.

  8. Tote
    January 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog! I love it!
    I pray that you eventually resolved the houselp issue. I have been through so many i lost track. I have an almost 6yr old and 16 month old. In the first three months of my first daughers life, we had 5 houselps. I know like me who is an employee, they are dispensable, although we have had my current houselp for four years now, i fear even thinking about when she leaves. when she goes on leave, my kids refuse to eat and say they miss her!Sigh!

    • January 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

      @Jackie @Tote @Nyaguthii Welcome to my blog and thanks! :-) The wait was all worth it I got one who is so good, my kids had the same reaction when she had gone to see her family the other day…

      Thanks everyone for your kind words and wishes.

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