Me, I am tired of this house-help wahala oh!
Well, my new girl has been around for a few weeks and I am quite happy with her. She needs no supervision and is very committed to her job. Lois (my old girl), is still around because I want her to finish this term (she is in form 1).
I had pretty much decided I would send her home once she was done with her exams …until her dad called. Did I tell you she’s from my town? Please abeg don’t do village connections; we aren’t related but I’ve known her family for decades. Well, the man got to hear about his daughter’s crimes and called to plead with me.
Papa Lois: Hello, this is papa Lois. I don’t know why my daughter did such evil, please I need to come and talk to her.
Me: It’s ok, you don’t need to come (because if you do I will just send you home with her and she won’t finish her exams).
Papa Lois: No, I need to come to Abuja and talk to her so she never does such again. I feel so bad and I don’t want her to come home. Please her mum is so ashamed and we are shocked at her behaviour.
Me: don’t worry sir, I will come home with her after her exams. Take care Sir.
(Of course all this was said in Igbo)
Lois was nearby and started crying. “Please ma I don’t want to go home, don’t send me home”
I immediately felt bad, just about an hour before the call she was playing with my boys and they were so happy, they really like her.
As I was thinking to myself maybe I should just leave this girl, my son Nonso came out “mummy Lois beat me, I did wee on my bed and she beat on my bum bum and said “pin your mouth””. Of course she denied it. The next day she asked if she could use liver to make spaghetti sauce. I found that strange because we always use minced meat. I told her to use meat much later after we had all eaten and the kids were in bed I saw some seasoned liver in the kitchen.
ME: Lois what’s this?
Lois: It’s some liver that fell out of the liver bag unto the freezer floor
Me: So why didn’t you put it back into the bag?
Lois: Emm… I just thought I should season it and keep it in the fridge
Now this went on for a while and of course her story made no sense. I know Lois has “akpili ogologo” (long throat) and she probably just wanted to eat liver that day. Why must she always lie stupidly. It’s not like I will beat her if she tells me the truth. You catch her sleeping and she lies that she wasn’t sleeping, meanwhile her eyes have given her away. The other day I heard her saying “Nonso come out of there with that your long mouth” and she lies saying no “I said Nonso come out with that your mouth that you suck” (as if that sounds any better).
I dunno, I feel really sorry for her, because I know how poor her family is and she is doing really well in school. Even the new girl is feeling sorry for her, today she told me she could put her in order if she misbehaves. I really want to help them, but I don’t want her lying to rob off on my kids. Already, the new girl does most of the work in the house because Lois takes to much time to do hers. I am also scared that she may start beating my kids again once she gets comfortable.
Oh! God, help me!