“You are the best Dad in the world”, my first son hugged me and told. I hugged him back and smiled at him, he was so happy. He was holding his Wimpy Kid new series book against his chest with one hand and McDonald’s meal packet in his other hand. 🙂 I was proud, felt really good for creating a situation to let his heart out. However suddenly I realized, till now, I have never told my Mom and Dad directly that I even love them, leave alone telling them, they are the best in the world.
My childhood and teenage are of the typical struggle of a lower middle class boy, trying meet each ends up, running from pole to post, each of us in the family had definite roles to play in each and every day and all of us was busy in it and had never got a chance to express ourselves or rather we pretended to be busy. I was just wondering how many times I have told my wife, mother of my 2 children, that I love her.
I looked at my wife who just got hold of our second child, who was running around in the mall. She was panting, I put my arms around her, held her towards me and kissed her forehead. She looked at me with surprised eyes, I smiled back. I saw a special twinkle in her eyes… she put her arms around my waist and we started walking towards my Mom, who was shopping for a dress for my wife, they both sank into that special world of ladies.
While waiting with kids for them to finish the shopping, I picked up the phone and called Dad
Dad : Hello
Me: It’s me
Dad: I know…, what is so special?? [His usual rude voice, our conversions are usually on monotone 🙂 )
Me: Nothing, thought just call you and wish Merry Christmas.
Me: How are you? How’s your health?
Dad: As usual, challenges of old age, that’s all….. (I could sense his tone changing)
Me: You are planning to come this side soon?
Dad: It will be cold there now, right? I will come by March.
Dad: Mom told, you were not keeping well last week, what happened?
Me: Nothing… Old age catching up….
We both cracked into a laughter
Dad: How are kids? (More relaxed tone)
Me: Will give it to them….
Handed over the phone to first one… there was a healthy conversation about school, studies and books between them, and my kid ended the conversation with “Love you Grand dad, come soon…” and started helping second one with the phone.
I wish and hope, he keep letting his heart out through out his life. It is always great to know that someone loves you and it is amazing to hear it from the person, you love.
That night, at home, kids were fighting to sleep in their Mom’s lap. She made both of them lay down in each of her lap. I got up, walked towards my mom, who was sitting in sofa and watching TV, laid down in the sofa with my head in her lap, her fingers started running through my hair and I felt like the same old small kid, two droplets started rolling down my cheeks…