JournalismPakistan.com September 14, 2014
Have you ever woken up in the morning and instead of seizing the day wanted to turn the page on it? You know things are not going to go your way. Something will break, some unpaid bill reminder will shrilly invade your peace of mind and you know instinctively today is not made for you.
Then silly things will happen in a series. There will be no eggs or the milk will have gone sour, your button will break, the shirt will have a watermark on it, the car keys will have gone for a walk and the traffic will conspire to make you late for office. You’ll have forgotten an important file and you’ll have to wing it and get it all wrong. And the boss will not be a happy bunny.
And that is the sort of day you’ll be having people over for dinner and the domestic help will decide to be insolent and there will be war clouds on the home horizon and you wonder as you miss the fifth fender bender idiot on the road who tries to overtake you from the wrong side as you drive to a meeting you are late for, if there is a convention on in town for bad drivers and that is just about the right moment for the car to start making a funny sound from under the hood and you think, it cannot get worse.
You think. This is only the warm up, things will get worse. The day is made for getting conned, being at the receiving day of ingratitude, losing money on a bad deal, having the laundry destroy your most expensive clothes, discover your protégé is about to dump you for a better job, the deal that was done and dusted has fallen through and no one will help you pick up the pieces and that afternoon, you’ll get the phone bill and yelp and yelp and you still have to pay it and this will be followed (inevitably) by two radar fines for speeding and that will put your bad mood into an even blacker space and, naturally, you will forget to buy the most important ingredient for dinner (guests are coming) so when you get home you’ll be told how could you forget and it will strike you that today is the big soccer match on TV and why did we call these people tonight and can’t we cancel…
Not just the dinner, the whole day.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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