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The Story of Their Life

Early October I traveled to Kebumen, my father’s hometown. It was just four days and three nights but I had a lot of interesting conversations with my close relatives. The whole talking got more interesting when it came about my grandpa, the one I barely know because he died when my father was a teenager. By chance, my grandpa’s little brother who lives in Jakarta was there too!

So, I have never known before that grandpa was a good Chinese traditional healer. “Just by counting the pulse on wrist, he knew the sickness,” my aunt told me. He would then prescribe some herbals or drugs, or simply told the patients to abstain from some kind of foods.

One story made me laugh.

One day, a severely ill Dutch officer came to my grandpa. (That time, Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch.) He was a high-ranked officer who sought for medical treatment from grandpa, but he did not know how to communicate with the locals. The language barrier had made him said anything in signs and gestures. So did my grandpa when communication between them happened.

At first, grandpa simply knew the Dutch was ill. After checked on him, he gave a prescription written on a piece of paper. He wondered how the Dutch would understand what he meant. The Dutch just went home after receiving it.

Few days later, the Dutch came in a rush to my grandpa: he came to show express his gratitude for being healed!

Both seemed to understand each other: how could he understand the prescribed herbals or drugs?

The officer then ‘asked’  grandpa to write another prescription. After receiving the prescription, he intentionally burned it. When it had been burnt out, he drank the scorched paper with a glass of water.

That was how he’d been healed!

Spending my time . . .

I visited my ancestors’ graves, as usual, on the last day I was there, October 5. That was the day grandpa died.

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I found this hillarious video about British atheist Richard Dawkins who campaigns to arrest pope when he visits England for his “crimes against humanity.” (It is one of the more absurd, pathetic things to come out of the shameful attacks on the pope.)

The awakening of media’s lunatic concern about the abuse are now being promoted by few journalists. Meanwhile, others continue to come to the defense of the pope.

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