Brazilians often shower more than once a day, according to our son Seth, who spends about half of each year in Brazil. They understand clean.
In greater Boston, Brazilians have a lock on the housecleaning business. When our Brazilian cleaning person had a baby recently, she arranged for two friends to clean in her place.
Neti and friend are a fierce team. They cruise through the apartment like a speedboat, chatting in Portuguese about I don’t know what.
I can say “how’s it going” and “thank you” in Portuguese. Neti and her friend are a bit lacking in English, but we manage to communicate.
Except that they don’t miss a thing, and they want me to know it. So every picture on every wall is leaning a slightly different way after they clean. One day I couldn’t find the bathroom scale because they had moved it.
This week after they were here, one metal leg of the bathroom sink fell off while I was brushing my teeth. They had worked too hard cleaning it, I suppose. Luckily, I was able to screw the leg back in.
When they leave, the apartment is sparkling clean. That’s what matters