A Day in a Social Worker's Life
By Xavier Bage
January 17, 2018 5:09am CST
One of my co-workers had been asking me to visit a widow who has an insane son. I was planning to visit the woman when I got a phone call telling two old inmates in our senior citizens' home had died. I went to pay my last respects to the deceased. After the hearses had left for the crematorium , I biked six kilometers to see the widow and her son. They live in an old room left behind by her father-in-law. Their condition is pitiable. Moreover, because of the son the woman is in constant tension with her neighbors. I assured the woman to get a doctor examine her son and arrange to get medicines from the Missionaries of Charity. This put her slightly at ease. But she will be in peace when she will see her son cured. Please send your blessing and prayers for them.
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She works like a housemaid, what they call in the local term 'Jhi". A housemaid is usually a poor woman going around washing dishes, sweeping and swabbing in better off houses. She might earn just enough to live by. This woman will have to go on doing what she is doing to bring food for herself and for her son.