Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Flash Fiction - 7

Bad Day

He drummed his fingers impatiently on the steering wheel as his car inched along the freeway. "What a perfect end to the day," he thought to himself.
The day had started badly when he walked out to his car that morning to find out that it had a flat tire. Fixing it by calling AAA meant he had to reschedule his 9 o'clock meeting and that hadn't made his manager happy. His presentation during the rescheduled meeting hadn't gone as well as he had hoped and a frustrating issue had forced him to request a deadline extension on a key project.
And now this. Stuck in traffic just a few exits away from his house. It took another half hour to get to his house, something that usually took 5 minutes.
As he unlocked the door and trudged in tired and weary, his wife came out of the kitchen, wiping her hands. "So how was your day?"
His daughter too came running to him from her room. "I was the student of the day today in school Appa," she said. "I answered all the questions correctly and did everything faster than everyone else."
He smiled as he saw his daughter's proud face and noticed the gold-colored sticker pinned to her dress.
"Oh, it was a great day," he said to his wife as he picked his daughter up and kissed her.


At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet :-)
eendra pozhindhinum saandroan etc etc proverb apply aagum la inga? replace amma with appa :-)

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Chitra said...

One of your days? :)


At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice!! and kinda touching too....how parents find their happiness in the success of their children...will fwd it to my Mum...am sure she can relate to it...:)

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a very nice one...something which everyone dreams off...how so ever your official life is, be it a gruelling one, when u ve an affectionate wife and a sweet daughter, you win everything in life

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At 3:54 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

sollum mazhalaiyilE kaNNamma tunbangaL teertiDuvaay
mullai siripaalE yenadu mugantavirtiDuvaay

At 4:32 AM, Blogger pk said...

So sweet. A smiling face of someone U love CAN make U forget the world :P

At 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one Balaji.. Just y'day, I read this '+ve point' from recent issue of Kumudam:


Says leave all your office worries outside home.. Simple and looks obvious.. but not always followed, right? I read it to my wife and decided to strictly follow it as long as I can..

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ferrari, thanx :)

missy, many of my days!!

ram, thanx! point of my story exactly :)

anon, thanx!

munimma, voottukku poi thaan kekanum :)

kals, so true :)

gp, so difficult to follow. have had so many days when stressful days @ work have led to fights @ home. seeing daughter's smiling face sure helps :)

packer, definitely extrapolated from flash real(ity) :-)

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Arvind Srinivasan said...

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry true.


i think it is -
'eendra pozhudhinum periduvakkum than magan sandron ena kaetta thaai'

yes, replace mom with dad :-)

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Me too said...

Good one, Balaji! No better soother than a child's innocent words and views!

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