menghirup udara di bumi perantau memang terasa agak asing. Suasananya pun turut begitu. Memang berada di kampung halaman tercinta sangat menyelesakan dan mendamaikan. Seolah-olah tidak mahu kaki ini merangkak pulang ke tanah perjuangan, ke bumi jihad yang bakal menjadi medan pertempuran pena dan juga bakat dalam bidang kedoktoran padaku.
Kekok bila mahu berbahasa bahasa Inggeris yang bercampur loghat Scottish.
Ibuku yang berada 10 hari di sini pun agak blur mendengar kata-kata mereka. Selalu dia suruh aku sahaja melakukan urusan percakapan. Tapi aku senang mendengar tutur kata mereka. Cuma aku tidak tahu untuk bertutur sehebat dan sepetah mereka. Selalu sahaja kata2ku tak didengari, sering juga aku tiada teman utk bercakap. Mereka sangat selesa berborak sesama mereka sedangkan aku duduk termangu mengetuk-ngetuk penaku di meja.
‘Are you enjoyin your summer Nur?’
‘Yeah, pretty much. What bout urself?’
‘Not too bad eh. I am going around Europe. Thats about it’
‘I have got my mother with me at the moment. Goin to show around’
‘Owh! Thats brilliant! What she’s doing here? You should bring her to Tuka last night! Thats quite ashame she didnt come last night. We had a great fun’
Well, Im not sure whether they really meant it. I am not sure whether they reallly can accept us if we come. Not that we want to. But you how they can be nice superficially but not actually mean what they said.
Tuka itu adalah party get together lepas masuk tahun baru ini. Well, party mesti ada arak dan tarian. And they only reach home at 5 am! Takpelah.
Mak dah balik. Sudah tiada peneman saya di dundee ini. ( orang lain semua masih belum balik dundee…huhuh….baliklah korang!! ) Alhamdulillah she looked happy. She’s been stressed out with the work for a year and I do think she needs some break. When I thinked about her, I cannot not to compare my mom with the rest of my friends’ mothers. I was quite amused how different mothers ca act differently in playing their roles in the family. I didnt know it was a mother’s duty to cook for the house, to clean the house or to do any other households. Basuh kain, lipat baju, sidai baju etc.
I didnt know that until I get to know majority of my friends’ mothers who majority of them work as ousewives!
My mom, me and orang2 sheffield – dec 2005
You see, we never had pembantu rumah since I was 7. Since then, we do all the households together. My brother , my 2 sisters and I. We rotate our jobs accordingly. of course there always some cheater among us who wants to do less works that others, but we were managing ok until most of us go to uni. Sekarang tinggal Arinah kat rumah kene uruskan rumah tangga tu. huhuh… sian dia…
Our parents come back almost after 7pm every night. My dad does most of the cooking. And he does that superbly! My mother doesnt like to cook. And she comes back later than my dad.But most of the day. We are happy to eat something from outside. We also pemalas to masak ourselves. A few bucks for foods outside doesnt cost us really much.
And that’s our family. the 21st century family I guess. But quite different from majority of Malay family that I have known. Of course it feels so good to have the meals serve on the plate everyday for you. Of course it is great to have someone to do all the households for you. And of course you would like to be your parents all the time as much as you can.
And alhamdulillah I spent my time with my mother more when she comes here with me compare when I was back in Malaysia. It is so good to see my mom enjoying herself with the moment that she had. And alhamdulillah my mom can accept the simple life that I have. Not too cosy, not extrvaganza. It just me.
I know she can’t cook,and memang jarang buat apa yang mak-mak orang lain buat.But she can give me other things that most moms can’t afford to give their children.
Like my mom always said
Rezeki setiap orang itu berbeza-beza.
And I agree with her. I know she will still keep on working because that’s how she enjoys her life. I know she’s gonna always be busy with her jobs. But I also know she that will try her her best to give the best things for her children. Like……heheheh .Whatever we want. Well almostlah kan..
As for me, apa lagi? Amik kesempatanlah…heheheh…. takdelah.. berpada-pada tu pasti kene adakan?
Jazakillah mak for everything you have done for me. I really appreciate it!
PS: Masuk tahun baru ini, hidup makin hectic, kerja makin banyak. Tapi menulis tetap tak dapat tinggal. huhuh… moga korang semua tetap sudi menjadi teman saya di saat saya keseorangan di bilik belajar saya ini…
hingga pena kita bertemu lagi….