- When All is Finished -
For me, to be a reserved man it very difficult for now. Almost all of my close friends know me as a noisy, fussy and big-mouthed person. But not when I was in junior high. I was a quiet and introvert person. But, It changed when I got to know them.
That afternoon I was preparing for the first time went to the place of tutoring. This is the first experience for me to follow the lessons. Although my achievement in the school is quite make a proud of my parents, they kept telling me to get in tutoring to prepare for the National Examination in 3rd grade later. The first day I walked in the class whose children seems pretty smart & cool . I'd heard most of them that attending the class came from bonafide school in my town and I came from The junior high school 5 that famous with students who love to brawl.
In the first day in the class. I met my primary school friends, Yon. It turns out he had been a year earlier study in this tutoring. Yon is the child from a soldier. He is funny, mischievous and big-mouthed man all the time. Because of that bad character, he became well-known and have many friends. "How are you, Ar?" He asked me as he led a handshake. "Alhamdulillah, I am healthy, Yon" I replied. Then our little chat interspersed with exciting Yon chatting with his other friends in the class. They are very noisy and playful. Wow, it would be very nice if I could know them all. Then I thought, “Could I enjoy this noisy class ?”.
Soon I passed, I began to try to identify some of the other students in the class. It was true, most of them comes from favourite and bonafide junior high school in my city, (what is the importance to took the lessons here for them ? They are all smart already right ? ha ha never mind). Rest of them come from the mediocre the school. At the first time i joined the class, I was embarrassed to answer the questions posed by the mentor even though I knew the right answer. I just whispering and friends around me responded, "If you know the answer just say it, bro" said Fahmi. "He he, yeah bro" I replied. Meanwhile, I see the enthusiastic of the other students that are so great when answering the questions and ask about the presented material. They are not afraid that the answer given is correct or incorrect. Here I started to be triggered and thought, why just me being inactive ? I have to be as active as they are.
I started to feel enjoy with my new friends. I often to the mosque for prayers or snack with Fahmi, Yon and others at the break time. I also became acquainted with new friends such as Agam, Anjar, Husen, Andi, Aji and Bangkit or they used to call him Bayor. From then on, we used to hang out together after the lessons or gathered at Fahmi’s home after school. We often go to the lesson together and take our favourite seats in the class. We choose the most rear seat, behind the girls seat’s.
Here I began to feel lost my nature and tend to be outrageous. Because my friends is mischievous and likes a noisy time in the classroom, over time somehow I slowly turn into a cruel person and liked to make the classroom noisy. I instead of being the mastermind of our fad in pranking the girls sitting in front of us. For example, when the girls were the focused in listening to the presented material, they are not aware with their sandals or shoes. They take off their shoes as if they don't need it anymore. Arose the naughty idea to take one of their sandals and passed it to my other friends then hide it somewhere. And when the classes is ended, of course they will search the other one of the lost sandals. We always keep it quiet and pretending as if we do not to know about it. Sometimes, some of them is crying caused by our ignorance. The mentors and teachers were often to get angry when their lessons are interrupted by our mischievousness.
It made our friendship growing and increasingly tight. From then on, the girls would often come around with us. They are Tiara, Pipit, Ida, daughter, Linda and Iis. This togetherness lasted for 2 years from grade 2 to grade 3 junior. We often go to tourist spots around the city or just hanging out at our favorite place ROPITA toast.
Up to a point when we had to split up because we will continue to the high school by our own choice, then we will be more rare to meet and make do our habits that we used to do in the classroom. Then finally I realized now we've split up. Some of us is in Semarang, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Purwokerto, etc. We sometime all can not meet in a year. Inviting hangout was already not as easy as it first. All of us are busy in the affairs of each. But anyway, I think it's reasonable in a friendship. When we found a new friendship that possible to get more meeting and sharing for us, we will choose it than the old and far friendship. But I’m sure, it will come a time for us to yearn to get together remembering the past.
But I'm trying to take the positive side again, at least not to know them, I got a eliminate my little taciturnity and my fear of something new. In addition, of our friendship above also arise seeds of love among some of us but in the end love it too had run aground parted by the distance and the time. ha ha