The Gem E5
Marylyn woke up feeling a bit tired and tried to recollect what happened the previous day. She could recollect spending some time with the girls but she could not understand why that would make her feel so tired. ‘Oh! I remember now. I was trying to finalise my work schedule for the new session’, she said aloud. It came back to her in a flash, how she had stayed up till about the hour of two putting all the relevant materials she gathered over the holiday into a new folder. She was going to spend most of the new day researching locations within Greater Manchester where could take her first and second year students. She also had to check her work email to ensure there were no pending mails to respond to. It appeared like school had begun for her. ‘How could she have forgotten so easily; she had to dash to the city centre!’ she remembered she had seen some pencil cases on sale and she needed to get them that morning. Marylyn was really so excited about the gift; it was her own way of reaching out to her students and showing them God’s love. ‘Enough of lounging Marylyn, it’s time to get out of bed’, she said aloud and headed for the bathroom while singing ‘Hosanna’ a worship song.
Teeth brushed, shower had, prayers said and breakfast had; Marylyn headed for the bus stop and took the ‘bus 37’ which would take straight to the city centre. It was just about a seven-minutes walk to ‘Wilkinson’ where she found the pencil cases. Fortunately for her, they still had the forty pieces she needed for her students. She made a transfer from her savings account to her current account just before she went to bed the night before so could conveniently make the payment in the store with her debit card. She passed by ‘Thomas Cook’ on her way and had made a mental note to begin her research from there; she wanted to know if there were any fun locations within Greater Manchester she could take her students to teach them about general science. The lady she met at ‘Thomas Cook’ was really nice and helpful. She instantly generated a list of places her class could visit and even offered a student’s discount for all the students when Marylyn was ready to take them on the trip giving a condition that Marylyn would allow ‘Thomas Cook’ process all the details necessary for the trip. Marylyn thought it was a great idea and a good business deal; the offer would create an opportunity to go on several trips and all the students would be encouraged to go. She felt like the Lord’s favour had gone ahead of her. What a blessed morning she was having, she thought to herself.
Her next stop was at her parents; she had not visited in a while. She knew her mum would be working from home; it was a tradition for her mum to work from home at least two times a week and this was one of such days. She called to confirm her mum was indeed working at home. She headed for the tramp at Shudehill, it was easier for her that way than connecting buses to her parents’.
His department and the management loved his handover presentation. Everyone congratulated him and wished him well. Some people expressed how much they were going to miss him in the Guardian. He was given a farewell gift by the department on behalf of the management. David Olsen said his ‘thank you’ and also expressed how grateful he was to have worked in an organisation like the Guardian. Soon after the meeting ended, David headed back to the office that had been his in the last two years to clear what was left of his personal belongings. ‘It was a good time here’, David said aloud as he moved some files into the carton on his table. He had made arrangements to have a taxi pick him up from the office at two and it was already half past one. He had to double up.
Sophie had joined Josephine about nine that morning and the ‘girls’ as they preferred to be called had been shopping since about ten. If he knew his mother well, they would have definitely shopped till about one o’clock. He only felt sorry for Sophie who loved to wear heels; she was definitely going to need a foot rub after the visit. He chuckled as he imagined what would have transpired during the visit. His mother never went on a trip without getting tiny thoughts for those she considered close and the ‘close’ people were certainly not few in number. It would have been easier if his mother was the type of woman that would just enter one store and buy everything she needed from that one store but his mother would never do that; she was very particular, she believed a gift would never be truly appreciated if it was gotten without the thought of meeting the person’s need. Therefore, she had to go into several stores to find each person’s need. She was a very considerate woman and he loved her very much. He decided to give her a surprise call to find out if she was enjoying her day.
All personal belongings were loaded and ready to be moved down to the taxi. Adam, the intern offered to help transport his belongings to the taxi. ‘It’s mighty kind of you mate. I deeply appreciate your gesture’, David said with a smile as they both headed for the building’s exit.
To be continued..