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Maids and such

When I sit an work in my office during the day, I notice all the maids cleaning the windows and window sills and patios of the apartment building across the way.  As it’s a daily thing, I see the wiping of window sills, and balcony banisters, and every other nook and cranny.   A little army of maids making sure everything is spotless.  Some maids are in their street clothing, other maids are in maid outfits, and they all come in a little line up every am through the “maid entrances” of buildings.

I read a blog months ago (and I don’t remember where) about how there is dog poop on the sidewalks here and they just don’t get why no one will pick it up.  It is true, there is dog poop all over the place, and we wipe down our stroller wheels with Clorox wipes when we get home to get the nasty off. We also don’t wear our shoes in the house – EVER.  This is theory according to me, but I think most people know that the apartment building’s maid will be scrubbing the front sidewalk with LOTS of water and clorox so why should they pick it up, when that’s what the maids exist to do?  Just a theory of course, but Brasilians in general are pretty clean, so I’m thinking it comes down to the social mores of who does what.


My  maid came today. Yes I’m hoite toite enough to now have a maid. While a weekly or daily maid is common, we only have her come every week and a half. So Tuesday, then the following week Friday.  It seems to be working pretty well, and lets me do enough household chores to feel like I’m not a total bum.  We pay her R$70 plus R$7 for the bus.

My maid cleans better than I ever would, she moves beds and cribs and washes windows.  As is the o jeito Brasileiro , she dumps heaps of water on everything.  She even washes my patio, which is kind of pointless as the endless torrent of rain and soot constantly undermine her hard work. She is probably not the best maid, as most of the day she is on her cell phone, and she is definitely not efficient.  I also make her lunch…. and I think it is supposed to be the other way around.  However, I prefer the time to be creative and try new foods out, so I cook for my maid.  She probably thinks I am a sap.  I use the time to embarrass myself by trying to speak Portuguese. “Eu gosto de Farofa e Feijão.”  Things like that.  I did have to hide my Shout stain spray that I brought down as she kept trying to use that to clean things.  But all-in-all, by the end of the day, everything I have asked her to do is done.



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I'm just another soul on the internet, posting random thoughts into the ether, because well I love stumbling on other peoples random thoughts, so I figured why not add mine to the mix too. I'm also the mom to two very funny little boys, and how can you not share that with everyone?

5 responses »

  1. I hide my clorox wipes from the maid as she has decided she loves them and it was hard for me to explain to her how precious they were to me! I love that you make HER lunch, I don’t think ours eats which now I should probably ask her if she wants something… Good for you for getting creative in the kitchen, I am sure she is a good critic =)

  2. the O in “O Jetio” is “the” so “the o jeito” is a little redundant. Also, Im sure If she came every day and washed the soot your patio it would be clean and spot less. Just because she comes every week and 1/2 doesn’t make her point less or bad.

    If anything I bet she could teach you alot of Brazilian and probably knows all kinds of good local places.

    As for dog poop. Is there no law about picking up after you do?.

  3. What does eu gosto de snuffalupaguss mean?? Or that Portuguese you wrote and why is this bad ??

    • I am not sure if your comment is trying to be funny or offensive. Eu Gosto de is “I like” then you smack whatever it is you like after it so in your case you like Big Bird’s imaginary friend. . .I think. . .


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