It was a sad day at Chez Crone and Bear It today. Today I fired Gretchen the Immaculate – housecleaner to the stars. Yes, I finally gave her her dusting walking papers and it was not an easy thing to do. I have a newfound respect for Devoted Spouse when he was a manager and had to fire people. It sucks big time to let someone go.
Gretchen the Immaculate had cleaned our house off and on for a long time. She wasn’t the best housecleaner on the planet. Some times I would come home and she would have forgotten to dust the dining room table, or left one of her cleaning rags in my sink or something else – but it was usually minor stuff. Heaven knows she broke enough stuff – little porcelain knick-knacks and stuff I shouldn’t have had in her way to begin with. My fault entirely. One day she sucked up my dining room curtains into the vacuum cleaner from Hades. In her defense, she offered to buy new ones, but I declined. They were cheap sheers and no big deal to replace.
I didn’t feel good this morning – danged cold – and usually she is here by 9:30 — Devoted Spouse went to church to volunteer about 8:30 and he locked up EmmaLou, Golden Destroyer in her ritzy 7 foot by 7 foot basement “condo” before he left. She was not a happy puppy. I waited and waited and waited because I felt it only right to fire Gretchen in person, face-to-face.
At twenty of 11 I was hungry, cranky and had other places to be. So I wrote a very, repeat, VERY, nice note to her explaining that try as I might the budget just could not take her any more and I thanked her for her years of wonderful service. I even left her an extra session’s worth of $$ as a nice parting gesture. I left the house feeling like a mean jerk.
When I returned, the house was clean, the extra keys were on the table and she had turned my note over and the only thing she said was thanks for the extra money. No, gee it’s been nice working with you, or kiss my butt or thanks for all the references you have given me and the jobs you have obtained for me over the years. I was so ticked I couldn’t see straight – ungrateful wench.
Then I realized this lady had just lost a job and I was the one who fired her. I should not expect her to be gracious and kind and again, I feel like the heel I am.
But in this economy, with me not working, and still trying to save $$ for tuition, a car that needs replacing, house maintenance, and a dog who is eating me out of house and home – something had to give.
So goodbye Gretchen the Immaculate . From now on it’s Linda the Swiffer Queen. I’ll let ya’ll know when my episode of Clean House will be aired…