Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Guard

Before we got the guard we did it all ourselves.

Top to bottom, spic and span; it took two of us a bit of everyday all working week and all of saturday.

Then she arrived and it took us ages to get used to her efficient ways, her whirlwind that left us neat as pins in a mere 3 hours a week.

Murphys Law: Now we are used to it and loving it, the Guard is gone.

For a year and a half she gaurded us

against dusty furniture and cobwebs that dared be spun

against muddy unvaccumed floors

against unscrubbed counter-tops

against waiting for winter until we could legimitely hide our unironed clothes under bulky coats

against a sink full of dirty dishes

against over-flowing bins and unending circles of laundry

against windows through which the views are a pure unadulterated brown

against ultimate Health & Safety iregularities in housekeeping that would cause us to be shut down

Gone after getting me used to her weekly whirlwind of efficiency.

And now I sit here with a concertina of un-ironed clothes sprawled across my bed wondering how long I can put off the inevitable.

I am the new guard.


  1. Anonymous11:39 PM

    where did she go? oh my god...what would i do without Martha Sanchez!!! 40in2006

  2. OMG! I am so sorry! I am sure you will find your new guard soon :-)

  3. She left to have a baby and I am determined to be the guard for the mo - atleast till I find a job. Or till I get fed up. Whichever happens first!

  4. What a nice post. Keep your chin up and get down to work. It's not so bad once you start on it. Talking from experience here :)