One Fine Day: Letters from My Students

After my bad day, one fine day had arrived. On 4th October 2014, few days ago, I felt my energy came back. At 10.00 a.m, I got it.

Uti, Pengajar Muda on batch 8, who continued the Indonesia Mengajar Movement Foundation in my school, sent my students’ letters to me. She sent it from Rote on 26th September 2014. I was surprised that this letters came earlier than I imagined before. What I was not expected, as my experienced when sent the letter from Rote to Jambi or other cities, it took along one month. I thanked to Allah Swt that faster is better🙂

A brown envelope given by postman to my mother, and she gave it to me. I considered, this brown envelope was mine, hehe. I had many envelopes when I was a Pengajar Muda. It had a reason. My friends often sent the letters to my students in Rote, they were from all over Indonesia and abroad. So I decided to sent back their letters, and my students already wrote for them. By using that cheap envelope, it helped me enough.

I tore that letter. My heart was vibrated. I was happy and sad at that time. I couldn’t imagine what they wrote on that letter. How lovely their writing. And others feeling which I couldn’t say. Well, by listening Sahabat Kecil by Ipang, I read 18 letters. Although not all my students wrote to me, I was very very very happy to receive it :’)

I wanted to show to you something touched in my students’ letters here. Just few sentences which can remember me the condition in Rote, and maybe you can imagine how precious moment one year ago for me.

Cinthya Ngik: “Ibu, pesan dan kata-kata ibu, Cinthya selalu ingat, dan belajar lebih giat lagi supaya cita-cita Cinthya tercapai dan bisa ketemu ibu lagi.”

Leo Agung Yakob Ketta: “Salam dan selamat bertemu kembali bunda. Hati saya amat senang bertemu bunda walau hanya melalui selembar kertas ini. Kiranya bunda dalam keadaan sehat dan senantiasa diberkati Tuhan YME.”

Wenita Killa: “Semoga ibu masih ingat Wenita dan teman lain juga ya.”

Feraningsih Ndaomanu: “Ibu, saya kangen sekali dengan ibu. Saya doakan ibu supaya ibu jangan melupakan saya ya. I love ibu Bella.”

Eldath Ngik: “Ibu, di kelas 4 semuanya berantam terus. Ibu, saya mau tanya ibu pagi-pagi kelompok 4 tidak bersihkan kelas.”

Marlin Ndaomanu: “Saya mau tanya bu, ibu sudah mengajar atau belum. Kalau sudah bilang sama Marlin ya bu. Marlin mau perkenalkan sama mereka, namanya siapa dan berapa banyaknya.”

Marlin Ndaomanu (second letter): “Aku kangen sama ibu. Aku sedih waktu ibu jalan dan aku sampai sakit. Aku ingat perbuatan aku sama ibu. Aku ingat aku tidak kerja PR dan aku membuat hati ibu sakit.”

Cindy Keluanan: “Cindy sedih kalo ibu Bella jalan ke Jambi. Cindy malam-malam ingat ibu saja, jadi Cindy sedih terus.”

Joan H. Pellokila: “Halo ibu Bella saya sekarang sudah mendapat buku baru, Angry Bird 3 pak. Kita semua kangen ibu Bella, kami semua kepengen ibu Bella sekarang. Kami menghapal perkalian dari 1 – 10 tapi Olin saja yang tidak bisa.”

Niken Sania Keluanan: “Ibu sudah bikin kami sangat senang dan bahagia. Sekarang kami dengan ibu Desi. Dan kami semua ada lagu untuk ibu.

letters

                Selamat jalan ibu, selamat jalan ibu, selamat jalan ibu kami ucapkan

                Selamat jalan ibu kami ucapkan

                Salam, salam

                Terimalah salam dari kami yang ingin maju bersama-sama.

Niken Sania Keluanan (second letter): “Aku sedih sekali karena ibu pergi meninggalkan aku dan ibu aku berterima kasih kepada ibu karena ibu memberi ilmu sebanyak mungkin.”

Windy Ndaomanu: “Ibu saya mau menceritakan pengalaman saya, pada tanggal 15 Juni 2014 saya berulang tahun yang ke-9. Saya senang karena saya bertemu dengan hari ulang tahun saya yang ke-9.”

Adi Muskanan: “Sekarang guru Adi ibu Desi. Sekarang Adi akan berusaha untuk naik kelas. Sekarang Adi pengen melihat muka dan suara ibu.”  (Anyway, a letter from Adi so different, he made it looked like postol :D)

Marsela K. Lapebesi: “Aku kangen sama ibu, ibu semoga mendapatkan jodoh yang tulus hatinya dan baik.” (This letter made me laughed hahaha)

Dewinda Keluanan: “Pas itu juga kami bertiga (Winda, Eldath, and Cindy) senang ngomong lewat hp saya dan tiba-tiba ibu mematikan hp ibu. Kami bertiga menangis dan sedih sekali ibu mematikan hp.” (At that time, signal in my hand phone was bad, so disconnected)

Dewinda Keluanan (second letter with full of color, yes she drew her letter to me): “Ibu kapan ibu datang ke Rote lagi. Bu kami semua merindukan ibu.”

Rosalin Amalo: “Ibu jangan sedih, kita semua akan doakan ibu supaya ibu selalu sehat. Ibu juga doakan kita agar cita-cita kita tercapai. Ibu tidak boleh melupakan kebersamaan kita, aku juga tidak melupakan ibu.”

Rifal Dalle: “Halo ibu Bella kami tercinta. Ibu Bella kami kangen sama ibu Bella. Kami semua ingin bertemu, karena ibu telah mengajar kami sampai kita naik. Mudah-mudahan ibu bisa kesini lagi.”

The contain of their letter so touchy. This eliminates the homesickness me against them. Hopefully their pray for me will happen, that I will visit Rote someday. And for other writings, I love their story when they were not embarassed to tell their story. Example, Joan’s book with Angry Bird, Eldath said that their friends did not want to do community service in the class, and the heart-warming when I saw Kesya’s pray: “Semoga ibu mendapatkan jodoh yang tulus hatinya dan baik.” Ya Allah, how innocent the are :’’’)

Well, I will write many letters to them. Let me prepare the materials first and imagine that Jambi is near from Rote.

See you on letter, kids!

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