A Strassen woman who recently held a meeting with her new cleaning lady has made the first order of business explaining that she is not the type of person to have a cleaning lady.
“The first thing to tell you is that I work hard to keep our home tidy,” said Paloma Verker. “That’s how I was raised.”
“I come from a working-class background, and never did I imagine that one day I would pay someone to clean up after me and my family when I’m perfectly willing to do it myself, but alas, here I am.”
“My father was a bricklayer,” she added, leaning over and pantomiming the stacking of bricks. “Do you know what that is?”
Verker went on to explain that her mother, may she rest in peace, worked as a nanny for a wealthy family, that her duties included cleaning and that she and her two sisters often joined the mother to help out.
“This family my mother worked for, they lived in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city, and their house was quite large, a bit like –” she said, stopping herself when she realized her current house is probably larger.
Before moving on to the topic of cleaning woman’s duties and the conditions of employment, Verker apologized for the digression, saying that she simply wanted the cleaning lady to understand that she did grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth.
“Silver spoon – it’s just an expression,” Verker said, seeing the cleaning lady’s confusion. “It is a figure of speech. But, yes, now that we are on the topic, we do have silver cutlery, and yes, I would like you to polish it once a month.”