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Ever wondered how to be a GREAT Friend?

During our last trip to India; as part of visits within India, we had a cemetery visit to deceased elders. D, my 5yr old nephew, also had joined us. His quick introduction: he is very playful, full of energy(and questions sssshhh..) - we enjoyed his company all along. When we were at my MIL’s mother’s grave..
D: who is this? MIL: that is my mother baba.. your great grand mother D: my great nani?? MIL: yes, your great nani D: (pointing at the next grave) who is this? MIL read out the name on the grave
D: whose great nani is that?? (😜) MIL: come let us offer flowers here..
Two days later, we were at packing to get back here, and D wanted to extend a helping hand. As part of the action, he had to make sure he knows the why, what and where of what he(thought) was packing. I’m sure you get it, we were looking at 3x behindhand with packing.

Meanwhile, he got busy with making a card for us; oh yes, he had a few questions around: if we plan to keep his card safe and how? We have been succes…
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Happy Father's Day!

Today being Father’s Day, I was contemplating on the qualities of my father. While so, I wondered at the fact: as a young kid, my father is the one I went to when I was at my lowest. To be honest, he should have been the last person I go to for a solution. His world has always been very small: its limited to his work, prayers, political strategies, his children and that too all he cared was if we had our food, bathed and are healthy. He probably would not be able to relate to issues I was going through. But, he was the one I went to; every-time. I have sat with him, kept my head in his lap and found solutions or felt empowered to face; just being in his presence.
On the contrary, my mother is smart, more familiar and can deal with outside world better. Then, as a kid why I chose my dad over mom at such times? When I think of it now; I probably did not need more drama with someone who gets upset with what has happened. While in pain or have a problem, I need stability. At the moment, …