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  • As he waited for the lift, he looked across at my new desk where I alone sat. It has only been four days.

    "How are you adapting to the new office?"

    Sir, I came here fifteen years ago with a suitcase, £200 and $20 USD to my name. I had no idea where I was going. I stayed with a friend in her dorm room at her university which was against the rules and so keys for the door were left in places unimaginable to gain access. I couldn't get a job because they needed an address and bank details....I couldn't get a bank account because I needed a job and an address.....I couldn't get an address because they needed a job and bank details. They were still the days when you had to pound the pavement with fifty paper copies of your CV door to door. When we got kicked out of the dorm room, we shook hands by the faithful red Fiesta that died when she thought she was being clever, saving money, by putting diesel in it; and wished each other good luck. I've spent two nights on the street and of course it rained....this is England. I never once re-coursed to public funding. I cried the Kaieteur Falls and Angel Falls every night for the two toddlers I left behind. I started two days a week at university, worked from 14.00-22.30 at a theatre and then walked down Drury Lane to the five star hotel where I worked from 23.00-07.00 as the night auditor. I slept on the bus. I never finished university because I could not afford the international fees. Two years later, I was married and my children joined me. A random cat moved in. Seven years from that day at Heathrow where I spent three hours wondering who to call, we bought a house and a second-hand land rover. The house was a mistake and we woke at 04.00 on a Sunday to sell all our vinyls and everything of any value, to be able to go to the grocery after. We weathered those storms and fifteen years later.......we finally made it.

    "I adapt very easily, sir. I absolutely love the new office."

    "Good! That's good to hear. See you soon." And with a smile, he got into the lift.
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