The day maid was fired in December. She had been with us for almost three years and started shortly after we arrived in Mexico City. She filled out an application, we checked her references and took her digital photo. Every week, when she was paid, she signed a receipt for payment and we took down notes on discussions we had about work. Mi Muchacha was a pretty good cook, cleaned well and was honest. So why did I fire her? She called in sick a lot (remember I had a paper trail to back this up), she was often late and a few times she did not show up or call. We wished her the best.