When I had started using the BL app, I had thought that I would never punch ‘Call Your Parents’ and ‘Call Your Grandparents’ as RAKs. I thought this would make my kindness act transactional so I never hit these two options.
Last year, my Grandmother, who was the lone survivor amongst my grandparents, also passed away. Each time this RAK is suggested, I am reminded of her loss. Yesterday, I was in a very calm and composed mood in the evening, and I thought of calling my father. He was also sitting alone, and we had a long and satisfying conversation. We both spoke about things that a father and a grown son should share. There was an exchange of nostalgia, life’s changing ways, village life vs life in towns, elders and others, lineage, land and maybe more. This was a unique and refreshing conversation. I had a change of heart and finally logged in ‘Call your Parents’ RAK, to mark this night.
I do recall memories of warm, intimate conversations with my Grandmother, but I never marked them. Maybe it would have been better to make a note of at least one of those conversations. It’s like your personal Deepawali. You celebrate it according to your almanac, guided by peace, tranquillity and joy inside you, whenever you feel emotional about them.