Cinta Tanah Air

Merty Mujahid, ibu dua putera teenager

Ternyata setelah 20 tahun tinggal di negeri orang, secara pribadi saya masih tetap mencintai Indonesia. Mengapa? Karena jiwa saya adalah jiwa Indonesia, keluarga saya semua berada di Indonesia.

I taught my children the most important aspect of life which is the tradition of Indonesia, family values, respect and honour is what I have passed down to my children.

Sella Winadi, year seven

How do I feel about my country? Well, I am in a far-off place from Indonesia; however I still can’t say that it’s better to stay away from home. People may tell me that I don’t fit in which makes me miserable and think that I want to stay far away from my home country. Honestly, it doesn’t matter when you’re not positively sure to speak our language very well or you’re new to it. There’s no reason to be perplexed.

I sometimes feel that I desperately want to go back home, but I should be thankful to stay in a different country. I still love Indonesia. I may have forgotten my language and culture a bit; however my family helps me revise. I always try my best to remember Indonesian; but I learn new English words everyday so it’s difficult for me if I want to cooperate with both languages. Once again, does it really matter? Absolutely not (to me). At least you still have the love of your country.

I can never utter the words: “This place is much better than home”, even if you feel so, think about it… I know that sometimes countries that we’ve stayed in can be more improved than your home country but it’s really not polite to say that. I myself can even think like that but I knew that I was wrong at the same time.

Some people might think that they have the best thing you’ve ever had in your life in, but still your home country is always the place you cherish. However it is good to have an experience and study new things in different countries. One day, I wish to share my knowledge and experience to make my country more improved.

Weny K. Soeharjono, ibu seorang putera

Bergetar rasa hati kala mendengar nama Indonesia disebut. Rindu membungkah memenuhi ruang dada hingga sesak nafas. Walaupun sudah sekian lama tinggal di London, namun sering kali muncul keinginan untuk menengok tanah air. Bukan hanya karena sanak saudara yang berada di sana, juga makanan dan bahkan bau keringat yang begitu lekat di ingatan. Kala nama Indonesia dibicarakan dalam konteks yang tidak dapat dibanggakan di kalangan internasional seperti korupsi, kolusi dan nepotisme, seolah ingin kubenamkan kepala ke dalam kerah baju layaknya kura-kura hijau yang hampir punah. Doa dan harap terselip semoga semua tersadar dan bangkit. Indonesia tanah airku, kucinta padamu…..

Chandra Romansa, karyawan KBRI London

Cinta tanah air sih masih, malahan makin cinta soalnya jadi makin melek mata, ternyata kita seharusnya bersyukur punya negeri seperti Indonesia. Serba indah, murah (dulunya), dan segalanya ada dan bisa. Tetapi masalahnya, apakah negeri kita cinta pada kita? Ingin kerja di Indonesia contohnya, susah sekali. Antara gaji dan kebutuhan hidup tidak seimbang, sehingga pengeluaran lebih besar dari gaji.

Keluarga saya, istri dan anak-anak semua juga cinta Indonesia. Anak-anak mengenal Indonesia dari benda-benda yang ada di rumah seperti wayang, keris, serta foto-foto eyang dan pamannya. Mereka juga suka melihat foto-foto pemandangan Indonesia di daftar teman saya di Friendster. Dari situ anak-anak suka bertanya apakah itu, dimanakah itu, dan ingin sekali ke sana.

Tetapi jika anak-anak saya ditanya,”Are you British or Indonesian?” Anak sulung saya, Alex akan menjawab,”I’m four.” Karena dia mengira itu menanyakan umurnya. Sedangkan si bungsu akan menjawab,”I’m Avivia.”

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