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My Nephew’s Fourth Birthday Party

Posted on: June 19, 2016

Ceritanya kemarin, gue dan adek gue ngerayain hari ulang tahun ke empat-nya Arfa (anaknya adek gue itu). Karena Arfa sekolah di Bekasi, mau tidak mau, tempat perayaan juga tidak jauh-jauh dari sekolahnya Arfa. Agak tidak ideal karena justru jauh dari tempat tinggal keluarga besar dan teman-teman terdekat. Dan honestly, gue agak-agak enggak pede dengan lokasi rumah kalau mengingat ekspresi dan komentar orang-orang yang pernah jauh-jauh datang ke sini, hehehehe.

Saking akrabnya gue dengan Arfa, gue jadi kepengen ngundang teman-teman terdekat di kantor juga. Agak khawatir soal jarak dan macetnya, tapi tetap gue undang juga. Gue undang, tapi tidak ada satupun yang gue tanya mau datang atau enggak karena takut kecewa sama jawabannya, hehehehe. I just thought that true friends will walk a thousand miles without being asked anyway 😉

Saat sampai hari H, gue sempat harap-harap cemas. Sudah jam 15:30, sesuai undangan harusnya pesta sudah dimulai, tapi belum ada tamu yang datang 😦 Pikir gue, mungkin karena bulan puasa, karena sedang turun hujan, dan karena macet sedang parah-parahnya. Memang bukan pesta gue, tapi gue jadi kayak balik lagi ke anak kecil yang khawatir tidak ada temannya yang datang ke pesta, hehehehe.

Ternyata oh ternyata, tamu undangan hanya datang terlambat saja! Pesta telat dimulai, tapi teman-teman sekelas Arfa dan dua orang gurunya datang semua ke pestanya Arfa! Bahkan ada cukup banyak keluarga besar dan teman-teman dekat adik gue yang baru datang jam 7 malam! Lalu teman-teman gue sendiri, yang janji datang betulan datang ditambah satu personil yang tidak diduga-duga ikut muncul di tempat pesta, hehehehe. Gue betul-betul terharu mereka mau jauh-jauh datang ke sini!

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Gue senang pesta ulang tahun Arfa berjalan lancar. Anaknya juga kelihatan sangat-sangat senang sepanjang acara ulang tahunnya! Kadonya ada banyak, termasuk dari orang-orang yang tidak bisa hadir. Ada beberapa kado yang harganya jelas fantastis, tapi tahu apa yang lebih berharga daripada kado yang termahal sekalipun? Kesediaan untuk menyediakan waktu untuk datang ke pesta ini. Time is the most valuable gift that someone could ever give, because once it’s passed, there’s no way people can take it back. So thank you, thank you, and thank you for coming!

Finally, happy birthday for my amazing nephew! The last four year of our lives have been a lot merrier since the day our families had him between us. We hope nothing but the best things for him and his life! He will always be loved, and he knows that 🙂


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