When I first arrived in China and was looking for an ayi and a driver someone once told me that they’re both more trouble than they’re worth. I have to say that I disagree completely but there are times when I wonder..
A few months ago I’d been on a business trip and came back to find my leadership certificate absolutely drenched and basically ruined on the cupboard at the back of my office where I’d been proudly displaying it (yes I was suffering temporary insanity). I figured out someone had done this on purpose but nobody seemed to know anything about it. I kind of forgot about it.
Then two weeks ago the ayi came into my office to water the plants (although she’s now using the bottom half of a starbucks latte bottle rather than the old paper cup I complained about in 2008, she’s gone up in the world you know!). 20 minutes later I looked around and noticed a huge puddle of water spreading from the plant across my cupboard.
The square shape is from the large moulding I’d put there and moved to one side to clean up.
I immediately figured out that this was how my certificate got trashed, it had been bang in the middle of all that water when I’d left it there and had apparently soaked up all the water.. So, I complained to admin and explained my anger and asked her to tell the ayi to be more careful in the future. She called back to assure me she’d done this.
Then, the next week she came round again watering the plants, and sure enough…
Yes, this is really a different picture from another week, I was foolish enough to put the moulding back thinking it would never happen again…
Not sure where to go from here, other than to just throw the plant out of the window..