Chris was my boss for five years. A nice and reserved Australian guy. He had recruited me, and we respected each other. He loved onion bhaji (onions dipped in spiced chickpea batter and deep-fried golden brown). Over the years, I had taken this treat for the team on special occasions a few times.
Chris retired a couple of weeks ago. Since the company didn’t do much by way of farewell, the team decided to surprise him with morning tea and snacks. We all chipped in to get gifts for him. I knew that the onion bhajis would make him smile, so I offered to make them.
It worked. As we assembled all the food, he could smell the spices of the onion bhajis and looked around for them. He asked for me and thanked me with a big smile. His face clearly expressed the gratitude he was feeling. He held back his tears during his speech and made a special mention of the onion bhajis.
As he left the building, he said that he loved us all and always cherished the respect we gave him at the end of his career journey. We all felt sad, yet we were happy that we could make his transition pleasant.
Simple thoughtful acts can bring great joy to people.
~ Rupa Om