Sunday, 9 March 2014.
At 3pm, I set off on another walk.
Compared to previous walks I have posted about here, this would be a relatively short one – a couple of hours or so along part of the Sydney Harbour foreshore to The Rocks, and from there over to Darling Harbour and finally dinner in Pyrmont.
It’s a walk I’ve done many times before, but the first 30 minutes or so from home down to Woolloomooloo would take me past a place I hadn’t been to since late 2012 – the former office of Dr. Khan, my former psychiatrist.
About fifteen minutes later, I was there.
And I was amazed, for several reasons.
First, Dr. Khan’s former office was empty and looked like it had been since he retired.
Second, as I peered in through the waiting-room window, I saw that all of his office was wide open. Not only could I see right into where he and I had sat and talked for so many Thursday afternoons from 2007 to 2012, but beyond that even the door to the bathroom was open.
Third, it was funny to recall how this now very bare and empty office had been such an important place in my life for five years.
I spent a minute or so smiling and studying the former office of Dr. Khan, and then I turned south and resumed my walk – which ended as planned just over two hours later in Pyrmont, and followed by a nice steak dinner.
Dr. Khan, wherever you are, thanks again and I hope you’re enjoying your retirement 🙂