When I came to work in this present company, there are 20 people in the department and 19 of them are men. After a couple of months, someone came to occupy the vacant desk space beside me. She is Indian and a muslim, covered in long black gown and headress. She seemed very unfriendly at first but of course I still continued to harass and pester her with my talks. I was glad there was another female specie and I thought we should be friends!
Ayshath was shy because she did not know English very well. At first, it was very hard for us to communicate. I would use all my body parts to convey the simplest message and she would say sorry endlessly to apologize for my inconvenience. So I found a way to facilitate our little girly talks by cutting pieces of paper and scribbling the words we both wanted to say. We would sometimes explode in silent giggles which I am so happy about because I don’t have to die of boredom when I am free.
Now her English has improved a lot and she is even using some Japanese words I taught her. Ayshath has left to India for a full month vacation. I am starting to miss her terribly. Suddenly, I stopped giggling and smiling. All I do now is work, work and work and sometimes write drafts in notepad because of the current internet issue in my company.
I never knew I’d miss her this much.