giovedì, dicembre 23, 2004

My Uncle..

Do you believe in miracle?
Well, believe it or not… miracles do happen.
At least, it is to me.

He’s my uncle.
But unlike normal people, my uncle has this condition.
He has a dysfunctional brain system that also affecting him psychologically.
He has a trouble of memorizing new things and behaves like normal people.

Ah, to say it bluntly… he’s a bit retarded.
And, oh yes… he’s about 40 years old, never married, and use to live with my grandmother.
When my grandma passed away… he was moved to Bintaro.
There are pros and cons about this move. Mostly cons…
My uncle has never live outside Jepara before… that’s the biggest concern.
And for his conditions, he could be quite handful…

For only about a couple of weeks, he lived peacefully there…
But the saddest part just came around
After Friday pray at the nearest mosque, he never came home.
Night falls, but he didn’t show up.
We look and look… but not a single trace of him…
We did everything. From police, radio, flyer, and even dukun bertindak…
He lost for about two and a half months, until…

On one hot sunny afternoon… I saw him.
At first, I couldn’t believe my eyes.. But I really saw him.
It’s hard to believe…
Because, I saw him in
Bogor.. my very own town.
And because, he was so skinny, tanned, and messed up.
God! How he look like a mess.
And I saw him.. WHAT?!! Digging up garbage can… Looking for food!
Just remembering the sight of him doing this, makes my eyes prickle…

First thing I did, was calling my mom…
But my jittered hand, make me dialed the wrong number again and again…
After I called my mom, I took him to the nearest mosque…
I gave him some food and water, while waiting for my brother to pick me up.
He took the aqua bottle and two pieces of bread that I bought, and ate it fast…
Mean time, all I can ask him is: “Where have you’ve been… “

But he only answer my question with a genuine smile.
And that’s the funny thing about it.
In his simple mind, he thought, he just having a long journey…
Without any idea where he headed…

All and all… I felt like it was a miracle.
Founding him, save in one piece!
And I couldn’t stop saying thanks to GOD…
For leading his way and my way… to that spot…
The very spot where I have found him.


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