In the six months since we fired B, I have had to balance our family schedule against that of air con service techs, pest control, dry cleaning pick up/drop off, water delivery, and the occasional handyman call. As with service people the world over, appointments are often made within larger swaths of time; between 10 and 1, after 4, or before noon (as examples). The problem is that without a helper, I can’t afford such lackadaisical approaches to appointment making.
At some point in dealing with each of my service companies, I’ve had to utter the following sentence “I don’t have a maid, so you need to be on time.”
What bothers me isn’t that I have to be clear that we are not the average family with a maid who can be home all day if need be, waiting for a service person to arrive. What bothers me is that each of my companies/providers then takes scheduling so much more seriously.
My time is treated as more valuable than that of a maid.
I am uncomfortable with this, even as I appreciate that the companies I do business with are at least trying to help me out. It feels like a difficult needle to thread.