"Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you. Thank you. Thank you, Mom and Dad."
- JK Simmons, during his acceptance speech at Oscar
I remember watching Sean Connery accepting some award on TV and he made a wonderful observation about his career. He said that he got his first break when he got into school, not when he got himself a role in movies. According to the original James Bond, it was his primary education that made him the person that he grew up to be. And there i was looking at this beautiful man wondering "Really?" because i couldn't wait to get out of school and make myself useful (read: earn money) for my family.
Fast forward a 1.5 decades.
Here we were absorbing every single word Simmons said on that dreamy black stage. He not only summed up the hurry we are in but also made us pause. Besides, it's not about calling your parents on a regular basis. It's more about appreciating the n number of breaks you got thanks to them.