Belajar dari Si Kecil

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These pictures were taken during our visit to Jatim Park Zoo, one of the biggest zoo in South East Asia which is situated in Batu, East Java Indonesia. I arranged the picture in chronological order when we found Fattah an imitated train to play with.

Unlike other kids who were given chance by their parents to drive the train once, we let Fattah to play as much as he wanted since there were no so many kind of game available for toddler at his age. He seemed very happy to be on the train.

Had finished editing the pictures, turns out, it appeared as if Fattah were telling us something. Can you guess what? Yes, indeed he smartly showed us how he learned to “drive” the train accordingly.

First, he jumped into recogition phase. He probably thougt the train was similar thing with the one his dad “plays” with, our car. He was wondering how the train worked and the situation arround.

Second, he observed other toddler driving the train while he was sitting behind other driver. He probably thought what he would possibly do with the train if was at driving position.

Third, he imitated and repetitide what he just saw and act as if he is the one was in charge controlling the train. He was absolutely in confidence stage.

Fourth, he “invited” others or at least he did not show any objection gesture while other kid wanted to join him to be his passenger. He appeared to be very convidence an indirectly told his passanger, “please feel safe and sit comfortly and watch how I take control of this thing. Later, you can do it by your own.”

Hahaha, I was so surprised to see this and his expression while keept wondering what was exactly in his mind during the process of this taking 6 to 7 times going arround train. No matter what, I was just so thankful to be able to see him growing and developing with my own eyes. Thanks God for this simple looked but highly valued happiness.

I can’t wait to invite him making a night bus trip and show him many other things to learn from all the wisdoms a night bus and its driver may offer.

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Akhir bulan Januari lalu kami melakukan liburan pertama kami sebagai sebuah keluarga. Liburan pertama sejak kami kembali ke Indonesia dan liburan pertama sejak kelahiran Fattah.

Kelangkaan libur (lebih dari satu hari) sepanjang program rotasi klinik satu setengah tahun terakhir ini membuat aku memilih menggunakan libur untuk membayar hutang tidur.

Tapi kali ini kami mendapat kesempatan libur 3 hari!!! Kami memutuskan untuk pergi ke tempat yg agak jauh sekalian, ke kota yang sama sama belum pernah kami kunjungi. Batu dan Malang.

Untuk menambah unsur petualangan kami memutuskan untuk membawa kendaraan sendiri dengan aku di belakang kemudi dan Muti fokus bermain dengan Fattah di sepanjang perjalanan.

Perjalanan berangkat, it was trully amazing!!! 10 jam perjalanan Jogja-Batu di tengah guyuran hujan benar-benar meninggalkan kesan mendalam. Bagiku inilah pertama kali aku berdekatan secara emosional dan fisik intens dalam waktu yang lama hanya kami bertiga Fattah dan Mamanya dalam satu ruang. Hanya terpisah ruang kemudi akhirnya aku bisa mengamati langsung menit demi menit jam demi jam perkembangan Fattah.

Ngga percaya rasanya Fattah sudah tumbuh sedemikian besar dan berkembang. Tidak salah kalau tiga hari ke depan aku betul-betul mendedikasikan waktu dan konsentrasiku hanya untuk Fattah dan Mamanya. Ya, inilah liburan pertama kita Nak!!

Sepanjang di Batu dan Malang kami utamakan kenyamanan Fattah. Akupun mengurungkan niat untuk membuntuti bus Eka saingan terberatku sekaligus pemandu agar cepat sampai tujuan demi kenyamanan Fattah.

Luar biasa, 10 jam perjalanan Fattah tidak menunjukkan kegelisahan berarti dan tiba malam hari di Kampung Lumbung penuh gembira.

Keesokan paginya kami mengunjungi beberapa tempat kuliner di Malang untuk mengobati rasa penasaranan kami. Mulai dari sate rumah makan Cairo, Toko OEN hingga Bakso President. Hebatnya Fattah bisa mencicipi semua yang kami siapkan.

Hari berikutnya kami menghabiskan satu hari penuh di Jatim Park 2. Aku sungguh mengapresiasi pengelola dan pendiri Jatim Park. Langkah pertamaku di Jatim Park mengingatkanku pada Kebun Binatang di Ceko. Rapi, bersih, dengan akses mudah dan jelas.

Menariknya selain kumpulan hewan yang diperkenalkan sepanjang jalur keliling kebun binatang, di bagian tengah tersedia aneka wahana rekreasi bahkan water boom.

Pada satu lokasi kami membawa Fattah ke tempat permainan untuk anak seusianya. Fattah tidak suka bermain mibil-mobilan yang begerak goyang goyang maju mundur. Sepertinya membuat dia pusing. Fattah langsung berjalan menuju mobil favorit pilihannya.

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