This morning, I woke up earlier than normal because I also slept earlier than normal last night. In fact, I kind of slept in my work clothes with my boy wedged underneath my armpit. Hihihi.
Woke up and did the necessary in their order of priority and then, a thought crossed my mind, “Ala, harini lambat sikit pun tak apa, boss tak ada.”
And if you know me, you would know that my definition of late isn’t even 10 a.m. late, I just meant 8.28 a.m. kind of late. Which is still on time.
So, after I got everything I needed and did whatever that needed to be done, I lied down on the bed with my then already awake baby. Considering things, I thought (again), “Today I can spend more time with Luqman before work because (again) boss bukannya ada so I can come in a bit late.”
At 7.30 a.m., I struggled to put si Bebot into the baby carrier. At 7.37 a.m., I was already in the car, heating the engine while I let si Bebot play at the steering wheel. By 7.40 a.m., we moved to the babysitter’s house. In all my attempts to take things slower than normal, I was still early.
Sent si Bebot to the babysitter’s house and as I was passing by Petronas (as I do every single freaking day), I thought, “Do I have time for minyak?”And against my better judgment, I ignored Petronas and drove by ala-ala Keep Calm and Drive On gitu.
I then switched on my radio and the next thing I know is that… my car slowed down although clearly, my foot was still on the accelerator. Ah, my worst nightmare. I checked out the sidewalks to see if there was anyone trusty-looking enough to help me, but it was just not my luck. Switched on my hazard lights and hoped that the car would move just a bit more until I reached a safer place. At one point, I was thinking, "... if I could just make a u-turn at the traffic light… maybe I could get some petrol now…"
But I decided not to make myself look any more stupider than I’ve already done.
I managed to stop at a bus stop. Contemplated whether or not to call my husband but I wasn’t ready to get an earful from him before I resolved my problem. So then, I thought of who might be able to help me… and my colleague crossed my mind! Ah, just so happens that the guy who normally takes earlier leave to travel back to his hometown isn’t on leave today. Am I lucky or what?
Knowing how resourceful he is, I knew that I was in good hands.
Just minutes after I hung up with my colleague, my husband called.
At the end of the conversation, I swear I could “hear” his lips turn into a thin, thin frowning line. No lecture from him but honestly that was scarier than the “earful” I anticipated from him. I quickly said my goodbyes and sat at the driver’s seat while I tweeted my predicament. Surprisingly feeling calm...
My colleague finally came to my rescue with bottle and petrol and all and we did the necessary.
And so, after that, I drove back to the same Petronas that I pass by every single freaking day, (finally!) got my petrol and went back to the office. It was about 9.15 a.m.
If you’re wondering whether or not my car gave me any grace period before it decided to play dead, of course it did! The fuel icon has been blinking for a while now, but I have been working through my lunch hours and have been staying back late at work that by the time I get off from work, all I want to do is to pick my baby up and go home.
But in retrospect, I do admit that it is kind of idiotic, seeing that I pass by Petronas every single freaking day, TWICE! So, yeah, yeah, excuses mexcuses.
So, at the end of the day, no matter how early you wake up or how prepared you are for the day, nawaitu juga paling penting. I will never let the thought “Tak apa lah boss takde boleh masuk lambat SIKIT" invade my mind again for as long as I can avoid. Because look at what happened today. Nak lambat sangat ambik kau! Sikit konon.
Balik kepada Lillah hi Ta’ala.
Ingat tu! Learned my lesson. Serves me right.
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