Happy Holiday everybody!

Happy Holiday to you all, thank’s for all the nice comments and for reading my blog, it’s really, really nice to know you all, what a wonderful world wide web ๐Ÿ™‚

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
โ€” Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Saya versus industri anak perempuan

Eh bukan masalah trafficking ya ini, tp ttg mainan anak2 perempuan skrg ini ๐Ÿ™‚

Kalo diliat2, bener2 banyak sekali industri komersil yang mengangkat efek2 emosional dan fisik anak perempuan, coba aja liat Barbie, Princess, dan masih banyak lagi. Terus terang dari kecil saya tidak mau mendorong anak saya untuk ‘attached’ dengan salah satu karakter yang sangat komersil ini, kalaupun ada , kebanyakan karena faktor lingkungan dan teman yang benar2 membombardir dengan segala barang2 berbau glitter dan warna pink ini. Rada mabok juga karena setiap kali ke mall, semua yang berwarna pink dan berkilau ini terasa sekali mendominasi mata. Kenapa saya enggak suka?

1. Ada pembentukan stereotype tertentu dibalik produk2 ini, bahwa yang namanya anak perempuan itu harus penuh dengan semua yang berkilau, harus berwarna pink, harus berambut panjang, berbadan seksi, anak saya yang berumur 6 tahun sudah bisa berkomentar, perempuan itu seksi lho… apa itu seksi nak? itu yang perutnya kelihatan mah..Yah kebanyakanย  karakter princess kelihatan perutnya lho.

2. Korelasi ke sifat, coba lihat film2 barbie, euh.. penuh dengan tipikal sifat khas perempuan, yang kalau melihat baju bagus langsung matanya melotot, suaranya melengking tinggi sambil menjerit kecil, ‘eeeek… so kyuuute…’, yaah tidak langsung secara harafiah begitu, coba lihat gestur tubuhnya, cara mereka bicara, cara pemerannya berbisik2, aduh, itu yang biasa diterapkan dikehidupan sehari2 oleh si anak2 kecil yang manis2 ini.., hasilnya, itu tambahan pekerjaan buat orangtua untuk meluruskan label2 yang sudah kadung nemplok dijidat anak2nya. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Jadi sekarang peernya adalah untuk menjelaskan ttg kenapa ngak sopan kl bisik2 didepan teman, bahwa berambut pendek itu tetap cantik, bertemanlah dengan banyak teman, tidak usah pilih2 hanya mau berteman dengan sesama anak perempuan saja, bahwa berteman dengan anak laki2 tetap ok, bisa main sepeda2an atau bola atau petak umpet, intinya kreativitas, jangan batasi diri dengan segala macam faktor duniawi yang intinya menjual menjual menjual.. ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Dan buat orangtua, ya harus sensitif juga, sensitif memilihkan barang2 untuk anaknya, tidak cuma melihat bungkus luarnya, tp esensi dari barang itu, jangan termakan bujuk rayu iklan tivi dan yang lain2nya. Maka marilah berdoa dan menguatkan diri.. heehee

To Market!

Almost every week we go to ‘pasar’ – local market. There’s so much to see in there, and somehow I could find my happiness in here, despite all the heat , busy, clattered things around you, there’s so much to see here, the mutual transaction between the seller and the buyer, all the fresh things that you could find and see, a rather non artificial feelings – if you know what I mean :).

I don’t know why, I love the traditional things lately- maybe gonna use the traditional mail rather than email for this year Christmas card.. hmm, and tryingย  to sew again- well wish me luck for this one.

:: A ‘Padang restaurant’, looking at this make me drool again, I love Padang food.

:: Things, things, things
the wood board is a ‘washing board’, the truly invention before the ‘washing machine’ eh..?

:: and eat…

ย :: and drink! Fresh coffee for 5000 Rp,-

IF- Subterranean

Grateful-I’m so feeling this today that I made this doodle..

and I think it suit the IF topic Subterranean too.. ๐Ÿ™‚ what do you think about a nice critter hiding below the earth, a happy and friendly one..

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.ย 
G. E. Lessing (1729 – 1781)

Down

I can’t help to feel down.

after read the news in CNN that maybe 4000 people still buried inside the falling building and houses in Sumatra. This is the link, and please help if you could. the Indonesian Red Cross:

Sumatera Earthquake Donation

BCA KCU Thamrin Bank Account
Number: 206.300668.8,
Kantor Pusat PMI (Indonesian Red Cross Office)
And via Bank Mandiri KCU Jakarta Krakatau Steel
Account number: 070-00-0011601-7
Account name Palang Merah Indonesia.

Words for today

It’s been 9 days since I do my last post.. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s means datelines, it’s means house to clean, a daughter to play with, a husband to chat with, a mother to be accompanied, and you know what, in all these commotion I found this beautiful prayer from Melody, thanks Mel!

I mean beauuutiful prayer, well.. you can call me melancholic, but read this and let me know whats on your mind..

Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of good clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels, and dirty lavatory; they are so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smidged refrigerator that needs cleaning inside and out. It has served us faithfully for many years and has enough food in it for several meals.

Thank you, Lord for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today. It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that needs mowing and the lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard. Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming door; my kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says that you have richly blessed my family. I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.