This slightly tatty perfume bottle has a story to tell. For a time it lived in my work bag and the fragrance perked me up at low points in 24 hour shifts.
Tom Ford fragrances were introduced to me by a work colleague, Haji. Haji always wafted into my work area on a cloud of fragrance, no matter what the time of day or night. His subtle perfume and his smile arrived slightly ahead of the man himself. Sometimes I would have to guess which particular version he was wearing. When a new one came out he would encourage me to go and try it in Selfridges on the way home. Maybe not his best idea, anyone who does massive shifts in the NHS knows the error of ‘reward’ shopping after a gruelling night of work.
My lovely friend and colleague Haji has died of Covid-19 his Janazeh, funeral prayer, was held yesterday.
A man who was such a valuable part of a place that was called The Heart Hospital when we worked together.
Social media is the hub of communual mourning now and the comments all mention how much people enjoyed working with him.
I’ve stolen and paraphrased another friends comment.
David said “I loved the football banter”
Haji, I loved the perfume banter.