Importance of Family Time

Drawing the line

Whenever she looked at them, she would ponder about the time with her late husband. How they never allowed technology to control their lives.
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“How was your day?” asked Umesh as he took a bite with one hand and scrolled the screen of his phone with the other.

“Fine. And yours?” smiled Shweta while looking at the memes on her mobile.

“Same,” smiled Umesh.

Sitting along with them at the dinner table was Umesh’s mother Shashikala, who was eating quietly. She looked at them and wondered What’s this obsession with phones? She never imagined a glass screen could have such a big influence on people’s lives.

Ever since Shashikala moved in with her son and daughter-in-law in the city, she’s been watching them becoming a slave to their phones. Umesh was always on calls. His wife, Shweta, too was occupied with her own work. Despite working from home, they could barely make time for each other. The little time they had outside their work, they spent on their mobiles. Browsing social media, playing games, or watching movies. This was their daily routine.

Whenever Shashikala looked at them, she would ponder over her marriage and late husband. How they never allowed technology to control their lives. No matter how busy they were, they would always make time for each other, even it was a mere few minutes. This is what kept their love alive all these years.

“There is more to life than what you see in your phones,” Shashikala said and left the room.

Shashikala knew a line has to be drawn somewhere and decided to intervene.

One evening, she called them to the living room. “Umesh, Shweta, can I ask you something?”

“Of course, mom,” they answered in unison.

“When was the last time you properly spent time with each other?” she asked.

Clueless, Umesh and Shweta looked at each other. They couldn’t remember.

“I know you both are busy with work. But you have to draw the line somewhere,” Shashikala insisted.

She looked at Umesh. “You remember how your dad was. He never compromised his time with family. Our lives were not controlled by phones.”

“True, mom,” he smiled.

“There is more to life than what you see in your phones,” Shashikala said and left the room.

The next day after as they were getting ready for dinner, Umesh pulled out a basket from a shelf and kept his phone in it. Shweta did the same.

“This is the new rule. No phones during dinner,” he said and took the basket to her mom.

As they waited for Shashikala to keep hers, she pushed the basket away. “I am not the one who is addicted,” she laughed.

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