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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Alzaim dari sebelum cuti sekolah dulu meminta supaya dia dibenarkan menyertai pancaragam sekolah dia. Bila aku tanya alat muzik yang dia akan mainkan, kata dia hanyalah seksefon atau flute. Mendengar jawapan dia, aku jadi reluctant.

'I don't think you should play those. Those are for sissies' kata aku.

' What do you want me play then? ' jawab Zaim melihat padaku.

'Well, you should play either the electric guitar or the drums' kata aku. Pada aku itulah real instrument untuk orang lelaki. Paling kurang pon aku minat Gambus. Walaupun aku ada jugak minat Kenny G.

'Come on Ayah. Those instrument wont be available until I'm in middle school. But if I am not in the band now, I wont be able to be in later .. when it really matters' kata Zaim balik.

'Wait la, I'll think about it' jawab aku. Lama aku fikir sampai aku balik dari Dublin hari tu.

Aku berbual dengan Ibu. Ibu sekarang jarang nak bercakap lama-lama sebab dia sering penat dan tidak selesa. Maklumlah ada musician dalam perut dia yang asyik bergendang dan berdansa. Ibu kata pada aku, Zaim memang kalau boleh nak main gitar atau dram tu. Tapi pancaragam sekolah rendah tak termasuk alat-alat tu. Hanya di sekolah menengah aja. Ibu suruh aku tanya Zaim betul ke dia berminat. Aku angguk. Aku tanya macamana dengan soccer practise Zaim.

Ibu tenung aku dan jawab dengan lemah lembut.

'Abang. You cannot make Zaim do all the things that you wanted to do when you were young. You can't expect your son to follow your every footsteps in doing everything you wanted him to be. Give him the freedom to explore other things. In this case, since he will have band practise after school, he wont have time for soccer. But he knows this and accepts it. You should'.

Aku mengalah. So aku beritahu Zaim satu hari kemudian.

' So if it's really important to you you can play the flute ok. Just don't you practise when I am sleeping. You dig?' aku berikan keputusan aku pada Zaim.

' Thanks Ayah. It's really important' tersenyum-senyum Zaim mendengar persetujuan dari aku. Dia peluk aku tanda terima kasih.

' Ok, ok' kata ku. 'None of these mushy stuff. But, Zaim you are not doing this just to pick up girls right?' .

Zaim toleh balik dan jawab,' No la Ayah. That would be your style'.

' No Im. That would be Ibu's. Go and ask her why she joined the Tae Kwon Do class dulu' jawab aku sambil ketawa kecil. Zaim pon ketawa.

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