Beulah Comes Alive

images-2 This was not meant as a racist remark, but Beulah, when I was growing up, was the most famous African American maid on the planet often referred to as the black Hazel, though in those politically incorrect days the term colored was used.

Each morning a black woman comes into Starbucks, nods, then sits in front of me.

But before settling in with her coffee and New York Post, she cleans.

I mean CLEANS.

I watch her scrub the table as if it was just delivered in a gunny sack after being used to dissect a corpse.

I never think in terms of germs.  Hey, this is New York, the…

you can catch practically anything, capital of the world…so it’s best to make friends with your neighborhood bacteria.

I’m dying to ask this woman a few questions like, how much exactly do you spend monthly on hand sanitizer, and do you douse yourself with Lysol before leaving the house, something my mother would understand since she’d swab the driveway with it like it was the gangplank to a slaughterhouse.

Oh well, I just may have to Google a little Buelah to set me straight on a few things, along with a Hazel chaser.  images

I’m just worried then I’ll feel the need to clean.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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22 Responses to Beulah Comes Alive

  1. You just described my sister, a/k/a “The Queen of Sanitizer” by the rest of us filthy slobs.
    Hazel rocked!

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    I had totally forgotten about Hazel. I recall that her voice had a smoker’s rasp. I don’t remember Beulah, but I used to sneak out of bed and hide behind a living room chair to watch Amos and Andy. I never saw an entire episode because my parents were wise to my ways.

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  3. micklively says:

    They say “cleanliness is next to godliness”. I take pride in being mucky. 😉


  4. I rarely do sanitizers too. I do wash my hands fairly often especially after touching shopping carts where kids sneeze. We have a favorite pizza place and if the table is dirty I will clean it. Crumbs are ok but I’m not a fan of grease or other people’s tomato sauce. Ok, I guess I’m somewhat germaphobic but not quite as bad as your Starbuck’s friend.


  5. I used to clean…a lot…OCD does that to people. My home was still not clean; it was cluttered. I had kids and I had a wife who would really clean much, just get upset with me that things were dirty. Anyway, the dirt still bothers me and I clean, but nothing like I used to. However, I see where this woman comes from.

    Btw, I finally noticed the pics at the top of your blog page. Are those you? A younger you? Wow! If so, do you know how much you look like a young Audrey Hepburn? And I always thought she was so very beautiful. Guess it figures…


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