Our family likewise enjoyed the privilege of paid assistants, staff, associates, employees, servants there’s a wide terminology one might apply. I was a teenager in the Philippines. Flora and Victoria had their own servants’ quarters. In Bhutan, my parents employed Vishnu, as cook and driver. The way I see it is a family is often an enterprise, a kind of business, and much is expected of families overseas especially. Dad was a regional planner, mom a full time human rights activist and later school teacher. Running a household without Emily (in Lesotho) would have been well-nigh impossible, given all the diplomatic dinners and meetups one was expected to facilitate.

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