There are somethings which really don’t click with me. Call them beliefs or traditions or mental block [I think what I’m going to mention here falls in the category of mental block!] Well, I’ve seen in many households that there are separate cups / glasses for the maids to use.
My question to those families –Why do that? What does it signify? What do you want to state / prove by that? Ultimately a big WHY!
I just don’t understand any logical reason behind doing this. Like any family member would use the utensil to drink water / tea and it will get washed properly after which it will get re-used by some other family member too. So, if the maid uses the cup for drinking tea that cup too will get washed properly and can be kept with all other cups in the kitchen, can it not?
This treatment hurts me. I don’t know whether this hurts the maids with whom this is happening [may be they know the norms and are used to it] but it surely hits me hard.
And I’m glad in my house we’re not following this norm at all. Our maid uses the glass from the same set that we do to drink water or whenever I pour her a cup of tea it is in the regular tea-cups set. Yes, I feel happy that I’m able to stop the tradition [?] that is being followed in umpteen households.
Just because the female is called a maid and assigned the household tasks and you pay her doesn’t mean you are to treat her that way! I think for what she is doing to support her family and earn a living by slogging she deserves to be treated with dignity and not discrimination!