i've been cleaning houses for several years now and while it's totally not my ideal job, it does work for my life. it pays adequately well & has the flexibility that i need. there was a period of time where i had to take brooke to work with me frequently and that certainly made for some very long days. some of my houses take up to five hours or even longer to clean and she was 3 when i started carting her to my jobs with me. she wasn't quite old enough for me to expect her to help or i totally would have gotten some labor out of her.
she kind of liked going because most of the houses were quite large & often there was no one home, so she had the run of the house while i was occupied scrubbing and mopping or with the vacuum running so that i couldn't even hear her. for the most part she was very well behaved & she learned some valuable lessons about never snooping or peeking into the personal spaces of others. i don't know what people keep behind their cupboard doors or in their bedside drawers and i don't want her to know either. some of the houses had children & therefor toys, so she was allowed to play with those toys until i ran the vacuum through the room & declared it finished & off limits.
one day, she was with me, playing in one of the upstairs kids bedrooms. i was at the other end of the hallway cleaning a bathroom. she yelled, "mooooommm! where are yoooouuuu?" i replied, "i'm down here in the bathroom." a couple minutes later she came in & showed me whatever it was that she wanted to show me & i went on about my work.
a bit later in the morning, the man of the house came and found me, which in & of itself was rather odd. he was fairly quiet & not one to look for excuses to chat, but generally stayed out of my way.
he said, "did brooke tell you...?"
me, panicked that she'd broken something valuable, "tell me? no, she didn't tell me anything!"
him, "oh. uuuh..."
me, choking back a massive wave of anxiety. i couldn't afford to lose this job.
"what did she do?"
him, "she just came into my room."
me, "i'm so sorry, i didn't realize you were home, so i didn't tell her to stay out of there"
him, "actually, she came into my bathroom."
me, "oh my gosh, i'm so sorry!"
him, "and ... um... she... um, i mean, i was just stepping out of the shower when she walked in."
me, mouth hanging open. eyes bugging out of my head. face turning purple.
him, "i hadn't even had a chance to grab a towel yet when she walked in. so she... saw.... well... everything."
him, blushing, "i just... she didn't tell you?!"
me, choking for air & trying to stop the horribly inappropriate hysteria that had taken over my head, "no, she didn't tell me anything!" gasp, heeheehee. "she didn't even act funny. i told her i was in the bathroom and i guess she thought i meant yours.... HAHAHAHAHA! i mean, i'm so sorry, i shouldn't be laughing." gulp
him, "i just wanted to tell you so that if she says anything about it at some point, you'll know what happened and the circumstances."
me, finally getting a grip on myself through a major act of self control, "thank you very much for telling me. i am so, so sorry she did that. i'll talk to her about it and it will never happen again. " snicker, snicker, giggle.
he walked away and as soon as i was alone, i collapsed against a wall & laughed the hardest i've ever laughed as silently as i could manage at the absurdity of the whole situation. i asked brooke about it and she was totally unfazed. didn't seem to have even noticed that he was flashing the full monty.
that might have been the best/worst cleaning day ever.