The sound of keys rustling in the janitor’s hand diverted my attention from the soft glow of my computer screen. I had been so intent on my work that I had barely noticed the hours slip by. Around me the rest of the cubicles were empty; my colleagues long gone. Much as I wanted to continue working, the janitor’s unhappy face made me change my mind. He had been waiting over an hour for me to leave so he could lock up.
After putting in a stimulating day at work, I was in no mood to return to my empty, lonesome apartment to have dinner in front of the television. I called up several of my friends to see if they were available for dinner. To my dismay, all of them were preoccupied with their family or had other plans. Having nothing better to do, I decided to go watch a film by myself and buy a meal from a nearby Chinese restaurant on my way home.
Halfway through the film, I received a call on my mobile phone from my neighbour, Atif. In a distressed voice he told me that he had slipped on the floor and thinks that he may have broken a bone. I told him that I would be there within a few minutes. Wasting no time I headed home, driving as fast as I possibly could given that it was rush hour. Visions of Atif lying on the floor in excruciating pain kept pervading my mind as I pondered which of the nearby hospitals I would take him to.
On reaching my building, I opted to rush up two flights of stairs instead of waiting for the lift. When I reached Atif’s door, I rang the bell several times but no one responded. Fearing the worst I turned the handle and to my surprise found the door to be unlocked. The lights were switched off so I assumed Atif must have left for the hospital with someone else. Suddenly the lights turned on to reveal most of my friends and colleagues from work holding a big cake. “Happy birthday Danish!
“Since I had been preoccupied with work since morning I had forgotten that it was my birthday. Thankfully, not only had my friends remembered it but they had arranged a surprise birthday party for me. Needless to say, it was one of the most memorable days of the year for me.