I write this while I’m sitting outside the ICU, praying for my mom to recover from a heart attack and an angioplasty. Sitting here, I can only think of how a close and scary encounter with life serves as a wake-up call.
As a child, the most important people in your life are your parents. As you grow older, you get busy in your own life, you do not realise how your priorities are shifting. When you become a parent, you realise that there is no love greater than what you feel for your child. You start to appreciate everything your parents have done and are still continuing to do for you, all over again. But by then, sadly, you do not have the time to be with them and reciprocate their selfless love. No doubts on the love you feel for them, but life somehow doesn’t allow you to act on it and be there for them physically. For most parents, it is a stage of life when they need their kids the most – due to ailing health, loneliness, etc.
And then one day, God decides to give you a wake-up call!