“Kim in real life” by Daniel Dalton
We call him Mr. Kim. We added the Mister.
Mr. Kim is Chinese. They don’t have Misters. They say Xiānshēng. I had to Google that. I don’t know how to pronounce it.
Mr. Kim is my cleaner. I don’t like to clean, so I hired Mr. Kim. I hired him because he was cheap.
For $50 he cleans my house. He scrubs down the kitchen, does any dishes I’ve left, mops the floors. He does it with a smile. Mr. Kim is always smiling.
He vacuums the rug and the stray bits of cat litter and cleans my shavings off the back of the sink, where it was too much trouble for me to bother.
He scrubs my toilet bowl. He does it with a smile. Sometimes he sings quietly. I pay him $50.
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(First publishing in Cuttings)