A WOMAN is planning to stand and applaud her cleaner from a very safe distance at the top of the stairs.
For eight weeks, heroic marketing manager Susan Traherne has been juggling domestic life with a minimal amount of remote working, frequent Facebook posts and white wine in the afternoon.
But now, thanks to the easing of the lockdown, her cleaner Donna Sheridan can return to work with a wonderful, one-off show of appreciation.
Traherne said: “I hope other working mums like me will join me in my stair-based gesture to our gallant domestic servants, which means more than any pay rise.
“They are essential workers. For what seems like years now I’ve been been holding my teenage boys’ stained underpants at arm’s length with tongs, having dramas about dog hair and occasionally weeping about dishwasher blockages.
“Now that Donna is back she can deal with the eight-week backlog of all this, while I get on with the important work of my Zoom chats and mummy blog.
“Unfortunately, Donna chooses to make the eight-mile trip to my house by public transport rather than bike, so I have to keep my distance. For the children’s sake, you know. And the dog.”