He was going to another city as he had got a better job with better pay there. His parents were sad but they departed him with a smile and a lot of prayers, while there heart was full of sorrows and his memories from childhood to now. And now he was going to be a memory again. When he had gone, his parents were talking about his each and every moment of life. They were worried about his health, occupation, apartment and job.
When he reached in his apartment he received first call and she was her mother. He had their picture with a smile. He can only see their smile but he was unaware of the disappointment. He was busy in his work now. He used to call his parents daily. They had internet facility as well. He used to call them on Skype. They had television for good time pass. They had a maid and their life was full of luxuries. They could visit market any time; they could go to park or visit any relative. They had a car and a drive that was there for them. We think that by having all this in our life we would be happy. My mother needs a phone to call me and a single call will replace me. By having a car my parents will enjoy life and there will be no need of mine. They will always be as happy as they seem on a video call. Servants are taking care of them.
Sometimes they want to talk to you for hours without any reason. Sometimes they just come to your room when you are sleeping and just look at you, smile and kiss your forehead and say good night. All these feelings are not explained by a phone call. They want to discuss your childhood with you and a video call is not enough to explain it. Sometimes they need you for a long walk and a parade of servants cannot replace you. They want to buy things of your choice and a driver doesn’t help them out. When they visit a relative or friend the topic of their discussion is you and they want you there as well.
Things like laptops, mobile phones, television, cars, a beautiful house and a crowd of servants around you is not happiness. Happiness is the time with your precious relationships. Your presence matters more than anything.
By: Aisha Mushtaq