We waited patiently at the dining table for Dad to come home. Mum had specially made pepper steak for my birthday. The steak seemed to have gone cold but Dad was still not back.
Just then, Dad called to say that he was held up and might not be able to pick up the birthday cake he had ordered for me. He also told us to proceed without him. I was extremely disappointed. There was no present from Dad, no birthday cake and the steak was cold.
The celebration was a flop. I lost my appetite and felt that the day was worse than any other ordinary day. Mum tried to
console me and said that Dad would be back soon. However, Dad came back only when all of us were going to bed. He did not manage to
pick up the cake because the confectionery was closed.
The next morning, Dad apologized for spoiling my day. He explained to me patiently that a colleague of his was taken very ill suddenly. Dad had to sent him to hospital. I felt slightly better after listening to Dad's explanation and hoped that the same thing would not happen on my next birthday.