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In 1994 when I was 9 yo, my family moved to a village with no electricity as transmigran. Transmigration was part of the government's programs to control the over-populations in Java (especially Jakarta). This was a help for families in difficult situation. Each got about 100 m2 land & a small wood house (I will talk about this program more in another post).
Before moving there, my dad was a repair specialist for electronic devices. My mother was a taylor. Until now, I still don’t know why we moved to that countryside.
They soon became farmers. The soils around the house had been planted with corns, rice, potatoes & vegetables. Outside, left of the house, there's a dwell with source water & was a cement-floor around the dwell. It was our open bathroom (showered, dished, washed) & the soils around, had been planted kangkung, spinach, chilli, herbs. Behind the house, we had a few banana trees that produced different kind of banana’s (p. raja, p. emas, p. kepok). In front of the house were different kind of flowers. Casava were also planted around as a fence, to separate our ground from the neigbours. We had a few roosters and hen. From time to time we ate cockerels or pullets, especially when there was a birthday or when one of us just recovered from sickness. He then chose which chicken he wanted for his supper & he also got the leg (best part of the chicken, according to my mom). Sometimes, my dad hunted & brought wild pork.
In the evening after dinner, we would put rugs outside. My mother had prepared snacks with bananas & tea. We'd sit or lay down while my father told stories (Indonesian legends such as goldfish, waterfall si piso-piso, the origin of parapat). It was completely dark as no electricity, the sky was clear & full of bright stars & thousands fireflies flew around. The night was silent, only my father's & cricket's voice. I often fell in sleep, while holding the big tummy of my mother (when she was pregnant of my youngest brother) & listening my father story.
This exact moment was heaven for me. I'd love to blow this childhood memory in to bubble & live inside it, not forever, just sometimes, when I miss my fam, when I miss home 🏡