Old Ladies and Old Houses

December 17, 2004 at 4:25 am (Work)

I’m trying to decide whether or not I like cleaning people’s houses. There are three I’m doing; two every week and one every other week. I try to compare it to Bed Bath and Beyond, but it’s like comparing apples and oranges. I hate BB&B. I hate it because I hate retail. I can’t stand it. At the same time, I’m not sure I want to say I like cleaning people’s houses. I think, though, that it is definitely better than BB&B. And, I mean, there are nice old ladies at the houses. At BB&B there are nasty customers and grumpy managers. At BBB, I have to be there, whether there’s people or not, and some of the time (at least, when it’s not the holiday season) I stand around trying to find things to do. Straighten a little more. Clean a little more. Whereas with the housecleaning, I have a task, and I do it, and then I’m done. There’s none of this boredom factor. However, it’s hard work. Then again, I could definitely use the workout. But then there’s the old ladies. I mean, they’re just so nice.

Take the one on Monday. Her husband died some time ago, and she lives in this old house with lots of furniture and knick-knacks to go on the furniture coming out the ears. It’s a chore to dust, I’ll say that. She’s a real talker though. I wonder if maybe she’s lonely. Then there’s the one on Friday. She’s nice too, and her house is a bit more modern. There, I have to get down on my hands and knees and scrub the kitchen floor. That’s the one that’s only every other week. Then there’s the one on Saturday. This is an old couple, not just an old lady. They’re nice too. Very Baptist. Their house is older as well, but not quite as cluttered as the Monday lady.

The old people are kinda funny. They have me doing things that I hardly ever do to my own apartment. Wiping off the baseboards? Blah – I’d be surprised if I ever do that before we move. Cleaning the tub? Sure – like every 6 months. I guess it’s just something that’s with that generation. Keeping things spic and span every week. Then again, I suppose if I were paying someone to clean my house, I’d have them do things I don’t do very often myself as well.

I have to say, it’s a different experience. I try to think, “Do I like this better than BB&B?” and I think that I have to say I do. But I’m still not sure I can say I enjoy it. I really do long for the day when I can have a job I truly enjoy. Something that’s fulfilling, in tune with my life goals, not just a means to make money. But, alas, that is not possible right now, I don’t think. I think perhaps my greatest problem now is that I despise having to go to work, and then go to work again. On the same day. Meaning, clean a house, and then go to BB&B. It frusterates me. See, my issue is still with BB&B. That place is like the thorn in my side. I only hope I don’t have to plead with them three times to let me quit!

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