I am talking now about employing a younger maid in our household. A lot of them came from the province with little education. They have to work because their parents can’t afford for them to continue their education. Most of them came from a very large family I mean large with 8-10 siblings in the family. Some had to make the sacrifice of not continuing their education to give way for the older or younger siblings, or the smartest kid in the family.
I’ve employed some of them. Feeling sorry for them because its not their fault to be born that way. When we first moved here my gosh I really had a hard time adjusting to that situation. We had a maid that was young and wanted to be in school. So a lot of times you tell them that if you work with us for certain months or a year maybe the next school year you will enroll them. Some were trilled others were just not interested. The are scared to go to school again being that they are the oldest in the class. Some classmates might make fun of them or bully them. I’ve always told them that its in your advantage being the oldest because they will listen to you. Still it doesn’t work out though. Some of their parents will not agree with the kids going back to school because the money that they were sending home will be less then.
More and more maids now are getting younger and younger when they are employed. The parents really have a hard time earning money. Some kids go for a maid at the age of 14 or 15. Some kids would even lie how old they are just to get the job. A bit scary for the employers though. To be honest we had a young man before when we used to live in GenSan. He applied to be a houseboy, his name was Greggy. He must be around 16 or 17 years old. But he was small in size because of lacking of nutrition and having worked hard for the family. He was the neighbor of my parents. He was really not in good shape when I first saw him. I told my sister I can’t accept this kid because for one reason he is young and for #2 reason he just so small that I think he can’t really do the job. After I said those word I saw the willingness and the determination of this kid. With what I saw I told him that I would give him a test. So I told Greggy that if you can push that front gate in our house without having a hard time I will hire you right away. Wow I saw the spark in his eyes and he showed me and my sister that he had the strength to opened the gate. So right there and then I hired Greggy. See our gate on our house in GenSan somehow it so hard to open, the wheels just get stuck lots of times, but Greggy managed to open it. He also had some hearing problems but it got better later with the good food and some care. He really turned out to be a fine man. Of all the helpers and the houseboys we have had, Greggy is one that I can be proud of. Bob and I really taught him a lot. We treated him like our family. It was hard to say goodbye to him. He had to leave because of family reason and one of my nieces was kind of mean to him. The kids love him deeply even my mother-in-law loved him too. Greggy stayed with us for almost 7 years. Greggy really was so thankful of the stuff we taught him. He always says that to my family and friends. It really is a good feeling to know that.
For 10 years of living here we have gone through so many maids. They will do really good at first, then they got distracted with TV, computer and other stuff then they don’t care if the job gets done or not. I now don’t want my maids to play on the computer. I’ve discover my maids posting not pleasant pictures on the net. We had a few young maids that when they first came here to the house they didn’t know a thing. We really took the time to teach them and some really were thankful for the teaching. Some of them used the knowledge that they learned from us and have a better life later. Some were just so lazy and don’t want to work hard and they end up going back the life that they had before or worse. Some of them I really felt sorry for because they really don’t have the desire to change their life. They think that they will just be a maid forever. That’s what they have been learning and knowing with friends. They will not continue on with their education because its costly. I will always tell our maid a story of a dear friend’s cousin who worked as a maid. She studied and work her way up to be a nurse with no monkey business around. That is another good and learning story to tell.
Anyway, really its not a reason to be young or old to work as a maid. It is the willingness and the desire to work. Nothing wrong to be working as a maid. You can earned the knowledge from it and apply to your life later. Lots of them that had the desire succeed in life. I’ve known and met a lot of them here and in my 10 years stay in the States.