Job # 4 Cleaning Lady
How could we possibly make ends meet? Three children and one working parent was not cutting it. Then the bright idea.
Cleaning lady available. Honest. Dependable. $7 an hour. Call 555-5555.
I was not only my own boss, but I set my own hours and screened my jobs as well. If someone was impossible to work for, I could just move on. Before I knew it, I was turning down jobs.
One of the most meticulous of clients was a dentist and her podiatrist husband who considered me their maid even though I only worked for them one day out of the week. I did everything for them. I changed their bed linens, washed the dishes, did the laundry, scrubbed their floors on my hands and knees, and whipped their huge 9 room home into shape in just 6 hours time. They very sweetly expected perfection , and they were not willing to let me go that easy when I revealed to them that I'd be leaving because I needed to once again be home with my baby. They lured me into staying for a time, by adding a new playpen and baby accessories to their decor and it worked for a while, but soon I had to graciously depart, but not before training another girl to be my clone.
About a year later, I was back with them but this time with a much larger salary. Cleaning ladies were bringing in over $10 an hour. I latched onto a few good paying jobs, sometimes dragging kids, matchbox cars, books and cowboys and indians along.
To Be Continued.....