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August 23, 2009

Mak aku cakap, masa Raya, semua rumah buka pintu... Kita boleh pergi semua rumah!!

"Mak aku cakap, masa Raya, semua rumah buka pintu... Kita boleh pergi semua rumah!!"

It's vague, but I think those were the words I said to a bunch of my childhood friends during one Raya... I was like 6 or 7 years old that time... They line up in front of me as if they were my soldiers and I was the commander... It was time for war... War of collecting the most Raya money!! But, we had gone to every house that the owner was known to us... It was time for a new game plan... A new warzone to enter...

"Jom!!"

We marched towards the unknown realm, the housing area that we never ever set foot before... If u could see us back then, u would know that we looked just like marching ducks crossing the road... We walked on a straight line...

I looked for a house with an open door... Finally! There!! A wooden house... A big wooden house... Well, having the mentality of a 6 year old, if the house is big, the owner must be rich... So I led my troops to the house... The door was opened but we didnt see anyone in it... "Assalamualaikummm!!" "Assalamualaikummm!!"

"Waalaikummusalam..."

A soft motherly voice replied... Then a woman appeared at the door... As far as I remembered, she didnt looked like a typical kampung makcik (huge and loud) but was rather was thin and motherly... Her face was delighted to see us... "Mari mari... Masuk ya..."

I was the first to enter the house... As soon as I set my foot into the house, I could see many pails and buckets were placed on the floor... I guessed the house had many leaks... We sat on the floor, surrounding all the kuih muih and drinks... Obviously the house got no expensive sofas...

"Makan la...", with a motherly smile, she poured down the drinks into our glasses... Being stuffed with all of the kuih, satay and ketupats from previous houses, I managed to force a few kuihs down my throat... "Anak ni dari mana? Anak siapa?", softly she asked... "Anak Pak Salam..." I replied... The rest of my troops then introduced themselves, not by their names, but their fathers'... "Owhh... semua dari bahagian atas Kerteh 4... jauhnya berjalan..."

The woman went on telling us how delighted she was to have us as guesses... She seldom had kids coming in... Only some of her adult neighbors came to visit...

After about 15 minutes, my friends started to give me the look of we-need-to-get-out-of-here-before-we-stuffed-ourselves-to-death... So I told the woman that we're leaving... "Makcik mintak maaf ya anak2... Makcik dapat bagi 20 sen sorang je... Makcik pun tak cukup duit...", she said while passing 20 cents to each and everyone of us...

That was the last house that we visited that Raya... We didnt know why but our fiery spirit of collecting Raya money faded after leaving that particular house...




Now, when I passed by the house, it is abandoned... I dont know what happened to the woman but now when I think of it, I wondered, why was she all by herself that day? Where are the children and husband?? The question remained...



P/s - I get a glimpes of this childhood memory after watching the movie "UP"... A sweet and funny 3D animation by PIXAR


Highly recommended for loving couples and parents and their children...

Click here for the full review of the movie...

Peace out :-D


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