I was watching the movie “Roma” on Netflix. The story is about a Mexican families servant and her relationship with family members.
Now the closest I’ve known about having a “servant” is I have known one person who was a live-in nanny and others who had people just come by and work as a housekeeper or personal assistant to an elderly person. The one family I knew who actually had personal servants was from another country where labor was cheap and most families above middle class had a few servants. He said his family had a maid, cook, gardener, and driver.
When you think about it in the US up until maybe the 1960’s many families had housekeepers (like Alice on the Brady Bunch). The servant was often of a different race than the family. In the old days they tended to be black but later have been hispanic or asian. In places like Los Angeles it seems many families have hispanic servants today. My inlaws dont talk about it much but I notice in some of their old pictures from the 40’s their was a black woman in the background.
Plus if you are really rich your going to need help in taking care of big homes and estates. And why should you spend time cleaning your own home if you have the money to hire someone? Even a person with a busy job is going to probably hire a housekeeper/cleaner or nanny. Now hopefully the person is treated with respect and paid a proper wage and given good working conditions.
So what experiences do some of you have with having “servants”. I am not talking about just a service where they send out different people each week but a regular person employed by the family. I know we wouldnt call people “servant” today, most likely housekeeper, nanny, caregiver, or groundskeeper.
Did the person feel like part of the family? How were they treated? Where did they end up?
Some of the people on here have lived in foreign countries where servants are common. What is that like?