A friend of mine suggested I watch the Netflix show ‘Maid’ recently.
I get a lot of TV show recommendations though, and many end up forgotten. Or on a list that I already have no chance of ever getting through.
But I dived straight into this one. And I’m glad I did.
What an incredible, moving, devastating-yet-heart-warming, depressing-yet-uplifting, show.
It is intense.
Gripping and captivating.
It’s the (true) story of a young mother fleeing an abusive relationship. She finds a job cleaning houses as she fights to provide for her child and build them a better future.
The challenges she faces are exhausting.
Her perseverance in the midst of endless obstacles is inspiring.
Those obstacles – many government related – will have you throwing your hands up in despair at a system that appears determined to resist helping people at all costs.
Though there’s inspiration to be found in this mother’s relentless pursuit of a better life for her and her daughter, not everyone has the same strength. Many collapse under the weight of circumstances like these. It’s a good reminder of what life looks like for far more people than we’d care to admit.
Overall, this is both great TV and a compelling insight into the plight of many.