I met a new friend when I was being a volunteer in a foundation. We are both teachers. “Hi, nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you too,” she spoke to me.
“So where do you come from?” asked me to her to start our conversation when we were having quite a bit afternoon lunch.
“Hmm… I’m Indonesian I think. I mean, I was born in Malang, but happily, I’ve moved to more than 10 cities these 20 years of my life. I can’t really say I’m Jakartans, or I’m from Malang, or from any cities. So, I’m Indonesian.”
Told GT, a 26- year -old daughter of a soldier. That simple question started everything.
“Ok, GT, why did you move so many times in your life?” asked me curiously but not intimidating.
“My father is a soldier. He got duties in so many different areas in Indonesia. So I have no choice except to follow him wherever he is asked to be in charge.”
“Wow cool! You must’ve been very expert in adapting. Where have you been living then?”
Then GT mentioned around 13 names of places which I didn’t remember. But I could easily notice it was from Sumatera to Papua. I’m amazed as well.
“Which place impressed you the most, beauty?”
She thought for around a second,”East Nusa Tenggara.” told her smiling. Her eyes could tell that she is so happy this question reminds her of a short beautiful memory of her life.
“East Nusa Tenggara? Why is it?”
“Well, it’s simple to live there, it’s not complicated. Nature in the East Nusa also beautiful. Hmm… at least 10 years ago. Clean sand, blue sea, deep sky, green grass, authentic sexy beauty of nature. I’m a bit disappointed it is more famous now, that people redesign it in a commercial way. It’s completely different now. I’m lucky to enjoy its beauty 10 years ago,” she smiled at me.
“I see. Such a precious experience and memory. Anyway, how does it feel to be the daughter of a soldier?”
“Nothing special I think, hahaha.”
“Nothing special? I think it’s cool? Like you’re dead is a superhero, saving the life of the human race.”
“Well, a superhero. Hmm. It is his job. How can you put the label ‘hero’ to the person who did their obligation? He has to. It’s his profession. But anyway thank you, I accept that word.” GT stopped for a few seconds before continuing, put her bangs in the right position.
“When I was a kid, I don’t really think that my dad is cool, for me being a soldier is just an ordinary job. My daddy would go home and tell me that he was shooting a terrorist. And it’s just common for me. He even got used to it.”
“Wow. Hahaha… For me, it’s only unusual and super brave!” told me to GT laughing.
“I might meet a CEO every day or any potential clients every day. But nobody uses a gun and point it to cruel’s people head. That’s interesting. Even for me, if people ask me what kind of boyfriend or husband to have, I don’t want police, soldier, or any security officer, well you can name it, they won’t be in my list. I can’t let people whom I love sacrifice their life for the human race. Well, is it egoism? I don’t know, but I just can’t let it happen in my life, too scary.”
Then I asked GT another question, “Can you share me a little about what does your father do? What kind of mission does he need to accomplished?
“I’m not too sure too, but here is a little story of my childhood. One day he told me that he was just gotten back from Aceh, to an isolated area, somewhere in the middle of a forest. Riding a tank to quite a dangerous area to get food supplies for his team. At that time, there was GAM (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka) on the side of the forest, equipped with their gun, ready to shot anyone who passes their area. For your information, there are some holes in the tank to which soldier’s guns can be put to shot anyone outside the tank who tries to fight with us, who shot.
Or he has ever told me about his another mission too. He was asked to bring a bomb to an area because they need to make hole, so contractor would be able to construct their project.” I think that’s a little thing I know about his job. It’s something like that.
Then I answered GT with a pair of eyes full of shining stars, “I was amazed, dear. It was like something I usually watch in television by half screaming and closing my eyes with my palm. And the daughter of the actor is sitting next to me!”