Cinta Mamah yang Menelan Korban?

Di depan saya duduk seorang mahasiswi. Dia memulai pembicaraannya dengan sedu sedan yang tak bisa ditahan. Dia menangis sejadinya dan saya masih berusaha memahami apa yang terjadi. Seorang staf Kantor Urusan Internasional (KUI) UGM yang ada di situ buru-buru mengambilkan tisu. Si mahasiswi menyeka air matanya sambil tak kuasa menahan sesenggukan yang mengguncang tubuhnya. Sejujurnya, saya tidak pernah menyiapkan diri sebagai kepala KUI untuk menghadapi situasi yang berurai air mata seperti ini.

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Pesan untuk Siswa Nusantara di Mancanegara

Kamu mungkin sedang berjemur menikmati senda gurau musim panas di belahan bumi utara tapi di tanganmu ada setumpuk karya ilmiah yang harus dituntaskan. Aku tahu itu. Atau kamu mungkin sedang melawan gigil musim dingin di dekat Antartika sambil menyantap segelas cokelat panas untuk bertahan tapi di depanmu mungkin berserakan buku-buku yang harus dilahap. Kuliah esok hari tak memberimu waktu senggang karena masuk kelas tanpa membaca ibaratnya meluncur ke medan perang tanpa senjata. Aku tahu apa yang terjadi, percayalah.

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My Inconvenient New York Moment

I had an inconvenient experience at Briarwood Subway Station today. I recorded, the booth number was N337 and it was around 11am.

I arrived in New York from Indonesia for an invitation from the United Nations. I was speaking at one of the event at the UN Building on 7 June 2017. This morning I came to Briarwood station and approached the N337 booth with a question “excuse me Sir, do you have a daily ticket?” for I wanted to spend my last day in New York exploring the city. I needed a ticket that will enable me to move around all day. I came to this city ten years ago for the first time but I don’t remember much about the transportation system. Being a newly arrived visitor, I don’t remember if there is a daily ticket or not. That’s why I asked.

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Ketika Anak Indonesia Memukau di Gedung PBB New York

Saya menulis ini dari sebuah ruangan konferensi di Gedung PBB di New York, tepatnya Conference Room 11 pada tanggal 7 Juni 2017. Di depan saya, ada dua anak perempuan manis dan cantik. Mereka lahir dan besar di Bali. Mereka orang Indonesia. Melati (16) adalah kakaknya, adiknya bernama Isabel (14). Mereka saudara kandung, mereka sedang berbicara tentaNg apa yang mereka lakukan selama beberapa tahun ini.

Di ruangan itu duduk dengan takzim para petinggi Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB), para ilmuwan internasional, pemimpin perguruan tinggi dunia, dan peneliti papan atas planet bumi yang sedang menyimak. Tidak saja menyimak, mereka terkesima. Di antara kumpulan orang-orang itu, ada juga lelaki dan perempuan dari berbagai negara sejumlah lebih dari 70 orang yang dipilih dari negaranya dan ada di ruangan itu karena kecakapannya diakui. Tak berbeda dengan yang lain, mereka pun terpesona. Terngaga.

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Mas Suripto, Wajah Amerika di Jakarta

Pagi-pagi sekali, di Hari Pancasila 2017, saya sudah berada di Ibukota Jakarta. Berjalan menyusuri Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, dari jauh saya sudah melihat orang-orang berbaris di depan Kedutaan Besar Amerika. Ingatan saya melayang ke suatu hari satu dekade silam.

Jakarta, 20 Februari 2007
“Jangan berteduh Pak! Baris yang rapi!” saya terkejut mendengar teriakan itu. Seorang lelaki berseragam kecokelatan berteriak dari jauh memberi perintah kepada seorang lelaki usia 50an tahun yang berpakaian rapi. Lelaki dalam antrian itu hendak berteduh sejenak dan keluar dari antrian yang telah mengular. Matahari yang mulai hangat rupanya membuat lelaki yang telah matang itu merasa kepanasan. Tak ayal, teriakan lelaki yang memasang tampang sangar itu mengurungkan niat lelaki malang itu. Sementara saya yang ada tidak jauh dari lelaki itu merasakan ketidaknyamanan. Amerika memang kejam. Satpam di kedutaannya di Jakarta saja kejam sekali.

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Lita’s Mission: Writing a Speech!

“Hello Ayah”
“Hey, Lita. It’s you?!”
“Yes, it’s me”
“How do you know that I wanted to talk to you?”
“Hmm… well actually, I don’t know”
“Oh haha. Where are you?”
“I am on the way home.”
“With Ibu?”
“Yes, she is driving”
“Oh that’s why you’re picking up the phone”
“Yeah right”
“Lita, I wanted to talk to you. I need a hand”
“Do you need what?”
“I need a hand! I need your help”
“Oh, a hand. Okay. What is it?”
“You know Bu Luh is an English teacher, right?”
“Yes, I know”
“She is also teaching kids in the village, right?”
“Yes, I know Ayah”
“Good!”
“So?”
“For the coming independence day, the tujuh belas agustus thing, she would like to organise a competition”
“Okay…..”
“Yes, it is an English Speaking Competition”
“Oh Ayah, please….”
“No… Don’t take me wrong. I am not asking you to participate in the competition”
“Oh okay.. that’s good!”
“The competition is for the kids. For Bu Luh’s students”
“Oh okay..”
“But I need you to do me a big favour”
“Hmm… what is it?”
 “Please write me a speech. An English Speech, will you?”
“What for?”
“Okay, the kids in the village, Bu Luh’s students, will participate in the competition. They will have to deliver a speech for that.”
“And…”
“And Bu Luh needs our help to write them a speech. The kids will read it during the competition”
“Oh okay…”
“Can you, please?”
“Hmm.. okay… “
“This is a simple speech only. Maybe less than a page of HVS paper”
“Can I use complicated words?”
“Hmm… it is better not to use too many complicated words”
“Oh, it’s going to be hard”
“Hahahaa.. come on”
“It’s true Ayah”
“Okay, I understand. But please. Use simple language. As simple as possible, Ok.  I know you can do it. Please….”
“Okay, I will do it”
“Great! Thank you so much”
“When do you need it?”
“Hehe this is the problem. I need it tonight”
“What?”
“Yes, tonight!”
“Okay, tonight is long. What time Ayah?”
“Hmm… I will be flying to Jakarta at 8pm and arrive there probably at 9 something pm. I will go directly to my hotel and may arrive at the hotel at around 10pm. If you can send me the file around 10.30pm or 11ish, it will be great!”
“Hmm… okay!”
“Oh really? Do we have a deal?”
“Ok, Ayah.. I will try!”
“Oh thank you so much. You save my life, Lita! I love you so much!”
“I love you too Ayah”
“Okay, I will be waiting for your file tonight, Okay?!”
“Okay..”
“Love you, Lita”
“Love you too, Ayah”
“Okay bye-bye”
“Bye…”

Later that night …
“Hello Ayah…”
“Hey Lita… you sound sleepy”
“Yes…”
“Are you done yet?”
“Does it have to be tonight?”
“Hehe… well, not really”
“Can I finish it tomorrow?”
“Okay… that’s fine! Have a good rest. It’s late already”
“Bye Ayah…”
“Bye Lita..”

The next day… in an email
“Dear ayah,
this is the speech you asked for.

Love,
Me”

Pas dibuka, welah dalah kok temanya tentang Pancasila? Bocah… 😦

Lita’s Mission: Writing a Speech!

“Hello Ayah”

“Hey, Lita. It’s you?!”

“Yes, it’s me”

“How do you know that I wanted to talk to you?”

“Hmm… well actually, I don’t know”

“Oh haha. Where are you?”

“I am on the way home.”

“With Ibu?”

“Yes, she is driving”

“Oh that’s why you’re picking up the phone”

“Yeah right”

“Lita, I wanted to talk to you. I need a hand”

“Do you need what?”

“I need a hand! I need your help”

“Oh, a hand. Okay. What is it?”

“You know Bu Luh is an English teacher, right?”

“Yes, I know”

“She is also teaching kids in the village, right?”

“Yes, I know Ayah”

“Good!”

“So?”

“For the coming independence day, the tujuh belas agustus thing, she would like to organise a competition”

“Okay…..”

“Yes, it is an English Speaking Competition”

“Oh Ayah, please….”

“No… Don’t take me wrong. I am not asking you to participate in the competition”

“Oh okay.. that’s good!”

“The competition is for the kids. For Bu Luh’s students”

“Oh okay..”

“But I need you to do me a big favour”

“Hmm… what is it?”

“Please write me a speech. An English Speech, will you?”

“What for?”

“Okay, the kids in the village, Bu Luh’s students, will participate in the competition. They will have to deliver a speech for that.”

“And…”

“And Bu Luh needs our help to write them a speech. The kids will read it during the competition”

“Oh okay…”

“Can you, please?”

“Hmm.. okay… “

“This is a simple speech only. Maybe less than a page of HVS paper”

“Can I use complicated words?”

“Hmm… it is better not to use too many complicated words”

“Oh, it’s going to be hard”

“Hahahaa.. come on”

“It’s true Ayah”

“Okay, I understand. But please. Use simple language. As simple as possible, Ok. I know you can do it. Please….”

“Okay, I will do it”

“Great! Thank you so much”

“When do you need it?”

“Hehe this is the problem. I need it tonight”

“What?”

“Yes, tonight!”

“Okay, tonight is long. What time Ayah?”

“Hmm… I will be flying to Jakarta at 8pm and arrive there probably at 9 something pm. I will go directly to my hotel and may arrive at the hotel at around 10pm. If you can send me the file around 10.30pm or 11ish, it will be great!”

“Hmm… okay!”

“Oh really? Do we have a deal?”

“Ok, Ayah.. I will try!”

“Oh thank you so much. You save my life, Lita! I love you so much!”

“I love you too Ayah”

“Okay, I will be waiting for your file tonight, Okay?!”

“Okay..”

“Love you, Lita”

“Love you too, Ayah”

“Okay bye-bye”

“Bye…”

Later that night …

“Hello Ayah…”

“Hey Lita… you sound sleepy”

“Yes…”

“Are you done yet?”

“Does it have to be tonight?”

“Hehe… well, not really”

“Can I finish it tomorrow?”

“Okay… that’s fine! Have a good rest. It’s late already”

“Bye Ayah…”

“Bye Lita..”

The next day… in an email

“Dear ayah,

this is the speech you asked for.

Love,

Me”

Pas dibuka, welah dalah kok temanya tentang Pancasila? Bocah hehehe… 

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