When's the last time you spent some truly quality time with your parents? Gave them a call? Told them how much you love them? Expressed gratitude for the fact that they made you?
If your answers to the questions above are anything other than "Oh! Just about 30 seconds ago," then prepare to feel like a shitty son or daughter compared to comedian/writer/Netflix star Aziz Ansari.
Ansari just used his Tumblr account to deliver a sentimental ode to his father that really tugs at the heartstrings and serves as a powerful reminder to those of us with parents (or parental figures) in our lives that we are truly #blessed.
"My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None. So I'm really relieved this all worked out," Ansari writes, referring to his new Netflix sitcom.
He then shared that after the father-son pair filmed a segment on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, his dad opened up about the real reason he was so quick to burn through his precious PTO time:
"This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you."
Ansari was touched. "I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have," he wrote, adding:
"I felt like a total piece of garbage for all the times I haven't visited my parents and told them I wanted to stay in New York cause I'd get bored in SC. I'm an incredibly lucky person and many of you are as well. Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you too, just go do something nice for them. I bet they care and love you more than you realize."
BRB! Grabbing a phone and maybe a lot of tissues.
Aziz Ansari is hardly the only son who may not be the greatest at prioritizing his relationship with his parents. Twenty-somethings have something of a reputation for being endlessly busy and flaking out on plans with even the people they love the most, and some don't even get along civilly with their parents to begin with.
But Ansari closed out his note by encouraging his fans to continuously work to keep the love alive and not take their parents for granted — because you never know when it will be too late. "Enjoy and love these people while you can," he implored.
So if you're lucky enough to have one in your life, go ahead and call your dad-di-o up to thank him for being the Dr. Evil to your Mini-Me. We'll wait.