Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Guest

Last weekend, we got a call from the province telling us that our auntie has gotten us a new helper. We were all excited and interviewed the applicant over the phone immediately. She has reached 2nd year of Computer Science Degree, but would be very willing to be our helper. Because of her educational attainment, i had to ascertain that she really wants to be a helper. She answered in affirmative when asked if she would be able to do all the household chores. She had once been a helper in Quezon City, so i guess she had some work experience. She assured me that she would not leave us after one year and her mother would not ask her to come home. Hence, we bought her ticket since she wanted to start immediately. We even gave her pocket money for the trip and some to leave to her mother when she requested for it.

Hence, she came to Manila on Tuesday morning. Roney picked her up and was able to make good conversation on the way home.

When they reached the house, I showed her her room and told her to rest or eat breakfast. After putting her things in her room, she went to me in the kitchen. I was cleaning the dishes so i told her to eat while i finish my task, but she said she wasn't hungry and just sat on a chair.
I was going to converse with her while still doing my task when i noticed that she was crying; her eyes were full of tears! I asked for the reason for this outbursts, but didn't get any response. I sat down with her and inquired if she were homesick or lonely or anything that might give me a clue on why she was crying. Her answer was dubious. She said that she was malungkot. This belied her interaction with Roney who swears that the girl was excited during the short trip from the terminal to our home. The sudden mood change made me worry.

We had to go to work, so we left the girl with my in-laws who speak the same dialect. We were thinking that they might assuage her fears and loneliness. After all, it was her first day. We told her that she should rest and start doing the chores the day after. Whatever it is, at least we have a helper now. Hallelujah!

We were excited to come home after work. Roney and I were discussing on how we would not wash the clothes and press them anymore, how we would not sweep the floors before going to work and before going to bed, how we would be able to concentrate on taking care of Jadon on weekends, we do not have to cook food and wash the dishes when we come home, blah, blah, blah. By the way, the earliest that we could be home is 8:45pm. But sometimes, we leave our work at 11:30pm to 12mn, depending on how late my boss calls it a day.

Anyway, when we reached our house at 9pm (which is early in our standard), Roney was confident to honk the car so that our gate would be opened. (When we did not have a helper, I would get out of the car and open the gate so we would not bother my in-laws.) Imagine our surprise when it was FIL who opened the gate. Our new helper was in her room. We did not even see a glimpse of her shadow! We went to our room where MIL would take Jadon to sleep.

We found out that the helper decided to go home the day after or tomorrow, which is today! MIL was so frustrated because as sweet and nice and good MIL was, she didn't know why the girl was crying! She literally did not do anything in the house but cry all day. The girl even told MIL that she wanted to jump over the terrace! WTF??!!!!!! MIL thought that it would be better for her to leave than stay. FIL would buy her ticket and drop her off at the terminal. But, they lectured her about the severity of the situation, on how we trusted her to make good our arrangement and how it was not easy to shell out money expended for her. What ticked me off more was that she did not even inform us that she was leaving!

So what we had in our home was an all-expenses-paid guest.


Anonymous dphatgirl said...

ayos ah? bagong modus operandi. pouncing on the chance to go to manila for free by preying on families who need helpers. tapos, pagdating sa maynila, magfa-FAMAS best actress para payagan nang umalis.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 9:37:00 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

oh my goodness! i can understand the frustration you feel and the hassle your "guest" caused you. nakakainis and nakakahinayang.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous meeya said...

ay kakaiba. grabe! hindi kaya kailangan iderecho niyo na siya sa mental?

Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:01:00 AM  
Blogger poor man's nicole richie said...

it's strange and i'd really feel the same way like you do if I were in that situation. But it's good that you were able to see her oddness this soon.

Friday, May 30, 2008 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

hi dyes, what's ur email? i'll send you the recipe.

Friday, May 30, 2008 5:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


we had the same experience before in my parent's house. the girl claimed she's suffering from a recurring headache and begged to go back home in the province. At least she stayed for two days, and reading how long yours stayed, I guess we're lucky, huh? :D

Friday, May 30, 2008 9:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess mas mabuti na umalis sya without doing anything crazy sa household nyo, lalo na with Jadon. Grabe hirap talagang magtiwala or humanap ng taong mapapagkatiwalaan these days. --LT

Sunday, June 01, 2008 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Dyes said...

hey everyone! thanks for the comments. just an update: she actually went back to Leyte. then she texted us that she's sorry and that the reason why she did not stay was bec she was preggers and the father does not own the baby. bec of the many lies she had given us, we really don't know whether to believe this one. anyway, it's better that she left whatever her reason might be.

Monday, June 02, 2008 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Napaboaniya said...

But better for her to leave. Better to end before the real problem arises .

Monday, June 02, 2008 6:04:00 PM  

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