It’s not uncommon for our parents who belong to the VHS, cassettes, and black and white picture era to ask us how to work around their smart phones. One afternoon, my mother came up to me while I was resting to ask me how to post an IG reel and give hashtags. I irritatedly took the phone from her hand and did it myself not actually showing her or giving her the chance to do it herself. She smiled and got about doing her work. A few days later, she came back to me to show that she got 20 likes on her post and thanked me for helping her. She looked a little confused so I asked her what’s wrong. She said she was hesitant to ask me another doubt about her phone as I would not like it. It immediately hit me how careless I had been and that I never realised how it effected her. I apologised and we sat the whole day teaching her tips and tricks about her phone. We drank tea, talked about her followers, her best pictures ( because she can click the most amazing sunsets, and has a unique view of nature), and she asked me so many questions like a curious girl would and took them all down in a notebook!
My mother was the one that taught me a lot of firsts in my life. I learnt how to walk, how to talk, and how to be a better human being all because of her. She used to teach me after my school, helping with my homework even though she herself is a graduate and had to leave her education due to financial difficulties. She never once nudged me, got irritated if I got a sum wrong, or said I would never be able to learn because I am stupid. She has taught me so much more than I can even express with all her patience and time. When I went away for college, I would call my mother with the silliest of things like which ingredient to put in a recipe that I was cooking for the first time alone in my hostel. The food never tasted like hers ever, but she always answered all my questions, sometimes mocking me that she cannot give away her secret spices.
So if ever your parents come up to you with a question you think is silly, always remember they are the ones that taught you everything you know. All you need to do is smile and be patient just like they were with you.