Staying the course

Staying the course

Their conversation was interrupted by a knock on the door. A sharply dressed man in his 50s entered the office. “You wanted to see me, sir?” he politely asked.
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It was late afternoon. Shekhar was sitting in his office, reading a report when his son, Dev, walked in.

“Hi dad,” he said gleefully.

“Dev, shouldn’t you be in college?” Shekhar asked.

Dev pulled up a chair and sat next to him. “I finished early today, dad. Since your office was on the way, I thought I’ll come and see you,” he said.

“I thought you are helping your friend move today,” Shekhar said.

“Oh yeah. I forgot. But it’s okay, dad. He wouldn’t mind,” Vivek answered.

“So, you left him hanging. He must be waiting for you,” Shekhar said.

Their conversation was interrupted by a knock on the door. A sharply dressed man in his late 50s entered the office. “You wanted to see me, sir?” he politely asked.

“Yes, Mr Vivek. Please take a seat,” Shekhar said.

Shekhar introduced him to Dev and then asked Vivek to follow him. They went downstairs, where all members of the staff had gathered. The moment they saw Vivek, they started clapping.

“This is the least we could do for his service,” Shekhar replied. “He was the company’s oldest employee.

Shekhar went ahead and joined the crowd. “This is just a small gesture of our appreciation for all the hard work you have done. We’ll miss you,” he said and presented Vivek with a memento. It was his last day in the office. He was retiring after working in the organisation for 30 years.

Vivek was moved by that surprise. He couldn’t hold back his tears. He thanked Shekhar and then joined the other employees, who took him out for lunch.

“Wow! I have never seen anything like this,” Dev, who was standing next to his father, said.

“This is the least we could do for his service,” Shekhar replied. “He was the company’s oldest employee. He didn’t abandon us when we were down and helped our business succeed. Such loyalty is hard to find nowadays,” he continued.

Dev was amazed after experiencing such a heartfelt moment. He felt bad for not thinking about his friend, whom he had promised to help.

He took his phone and texted him: “I will see you soon, buddy. Let’s first grab a meal somewhere.”

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