We were strolling in the streets near my
“Just give me a minute, it’s my dad. I can’t ignore his call”.
He took the
A few days later in the office, I was hungry and he offered me the sliced apples he had brought; the next day, some grapes. Another day he offered me some fruit juice. (Yeah, I am always hungry!) Yesterday, he asked me if I wanted to have some dates. I finally asked him how he managed to pack everything when he’s already late for office
This was surprising because, well, dads don’t usually do it.
At this point in the story, let’s give my friend a name- Mike.
I’ve seen Mike living a very cool life- that’s one of the best parts about him. He brings his dad’s earphones to
But, as I realized over time, there’s more to him. Mike’s mother moved to another country for work obligations when he was 9. She visits them every year or two, and his dad has brought him up since then. So he does all the responsibility-clad mom things for him as well as the dad things.
As a result, they have a very close and sweet bond. While his father is sometimes the brother to Mike that he never had, sometimes Mike takes up his mom’s place and shares responsibilities. Every day, I see him taking out a few minutes of time to call his dad and inform if he’ll be getting late, or order food for him, or book movie tickets for him and his friends. And now every time he does something like that, I can’t help but smile as if it’s the sweetest
With time, I’ve started to understand how difficult it must be to be the only family members for each other in the city, and how strong they both have to be every day, for their day to day tasks. The two of them cook daily (except on Sundays- they order food online), do laundry, welcome guests, pay bills, do the cleaning and
That is when I gifted him the green tea. And though he never lets anyone know when he’s stressed, he has surely admitted the tea helps him relax!