Haaay…… Finally a sigh of relief.
In my last post, I shared about being reminded to look at the bright side even when our helper had an extended absence-without-leave.
After 3 weeks, she’s back home with us. We’ve heard of so many yaya chronicles — leaving on a whim, stealing, etc. Whatever it is that happened, I think the most difficult part in all of this is the trust that is broken.
It’s very hard to mend broken trust in any relationship. I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me. We’re hurt and to some degree, something of us is lost when trust is broken. Our human instinct would try to protect us from getting hurt again so we may put barriers around us. Hoping we won’t develop trust issues.
If our helper didn’t return, I was already thinking of the possibility of not having a fulltime helper anymore. I guess the challenge was to once again welcome someone into our home, treat them like family and help them the best way we can. Our helper has been with us since Joaquin was 1 month old. Having the same helper for almost 4 years can be considered a feat for many people. And we have always seen ourselves as blessed in this aspect of our family life.
So we really had that sigh of relief when she returned. Well, she basically got sick and needed money so she sold her cellphones. She had no money to come back to Manila and she didn’t have cellphones to contact us. So that was pretty much a dead-end for her.
After being unsuccessful many times, we were finally able to contact her phone and talk to the person whom she sold her cellphones too. It’s a good thing that he knows her (he’s a far-away neighbor) and was kind enough to go to her place so we can speak to her personally. We’re so thankful for the kind soul since their house was pretty much far off from our helper’s house. He had to take a tricycle worth P100 plus walk a big distance. We were then able to arrange to send money through a remittance center.
And it was only when she was literally home with us were we able to give that sigh of relief. And hoping that we’d all learn from this experience, big time. Haaaay…… :)
But hey, still a lot to be thankful for right?
How about you? What’s your sigh of relief today?