It was a Sunday evening, and the weather looked quiet pleasing. That’s when dad and mom decided to take my brother and me to the nearby coffee shop for some evening snacks. As we gathered at the coffee shop, we began conferring on various topics. One of them being the discussion of “My Marriage.” By now I had realised the crux of this meet.
It was near time for me to get married. About a month, you could say. The chaos among my family and friends was tremendous. There was laughter around, and the hassle was noticed on each one’s face. These are expected scenarios during weddings, and it goes without saying.
Despite all this happening around, there was a feeling of restlessness within me. Something made me feel heavy inside. I could say, I was disturbed by some expressions. But couldn’t realise what the matter was. Everyone looked so happy, and everything was just seamless. I finally decided to pay no heed to my feelings and began to enjoy with the rest.
Days passed by. I had two weeks to go for my Big Day. One afternoon I heard some chanting from mom and dad’s room. I knew it was bad manners to hear someone’s private talks, but my feet simply couldn’t resist. As I went closer to their door, I heard my dad talking and he was in tears. To my surprise the conversation between them was to do with me getting married and leaving them alone. I was stunned and didn’t know how to react at that moment. I desperately wanted to breakthrough their door and go hug my daddy tight and tell him not to worry I would be fine. But that moment didn’t allow me to step in. I thought it would not be the right time to talk then. So, I quietly stepped back and left from there.
As the days were nearing, the nervousness within me began to shoot up. That’s when I began fiddling with things around me to keep myself diverted. While I was fiddling with my cell phone, I opened this app called LYK. My closest friend Sarah had installed it for me a few days back. Due to the wedding preps, I didn’t get the time to use it. Yet, I could remember her blabbering about few things related to this app. Number one being it unites family and keeps everyone connected no matter where you are.
After returning home from mass on Sunday morning, I decided to take dad to that same coffee shop in the evening. Being a daddy’s girl, I wanted to spend some time out with him. Somewhere down the line, I realised what my restlessness was all about.
It was 17:00 hours. Dad and I entered the coffee shop. For the first 15 mins, we had no words to say to each other. All these years of my life, I never felt so awkward to sit with dad. That day was different. We both were nervous, we both had a lot to talk. By some means, I took my daddy’s hand in my hand. I began to weep, though I tried not to. Dad then held my hand tight and said ‘it’s ok baby this day was soon to come.’ I felt a sigh of relief. Yet, I could see him breaking down. That’s when I asked him to give me his cell phone. I installed the LYK app for him and told him ‘dad now we will never be away from each other, I will always be #connected to you no matter where I go.’ He looked at me and smiled.