He put his apron on and asked for his Saturday chore.
Then begged for it to be vacuuming.
He talked to me the whole time.
(Just like Marissa.....I am going to miss her.)
But I have this house boy.
And he's all mine.
Back off ladies!
I'll be cleaning my house for the first time without Marissa (Ma-REE-sa) next week. She has become part of our family. She has been cleaning our home for 8 years. She asked me to be in the labor and delivery room when she delivered her second child. She was amazing in there. So strong and quiet. She really didn't need me in there for support, but I was so glad to have shared that experience with her. She has never increased her cleaning price in 8 years. I have tried, but she wouldn't accept. I would always help her make our beds....one of us on each side while we talked. She learned a lot of her English here in our home. And Dave and I learned to make authentic carne asada and salsa from Marissa. And she would try to teach my children spanish while she was here. She treats Dave to spicy lunches that she brings for him and she makes the best ceviche and surprises us for no reason. She borrows one of my large pots for tamale making. And then brings us a batch. I am going to miss her. I am so sad to tell her today 'no more cleaning'. I am going to cry. Not because I have to clean my house by myself, but because I know that she barely has any business left in this economy and she is already nervous about having enough money to buy diapers for her baby.
Maybe you will think I was a spoiled brat these last few years. Having someone clean my house. And you will think "welcome to my world." Or be mad at me for helping someone who came here illegally. But I will tell you this....we never took Marissa for granted. And I will miss her company and hearing her family updates. I will worry about her as we worry about ourselves. But we are doing the right thing and I hope everything works out for Marissa too.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Kaia has another gymnastics meet this weekend.....here locally. It will be nice to not have to travel this weekend. The competition season is almost over. Zones and State Championships are in November and December and then we are done. She has competed very well and we are very proud of her accomplishments in this sport. Her dedication and desire to improve is inspiring. I will tweet her results as she competes! Check in on Sunday to see how she does. Until then.....Happy Friday!