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mengetahui kisah yang dialami oleh pelajar
melalui penulisan mereka samada
sewaktu membuat latihan mahupun peperiksaan.
Saya juga tahu kalau cerita yang mereka tulis itu hanya
rekaan atau pun kisah benar.
Sewaktu membaca dan menanda kertas jawapan peperiksaan
anak kawan saya baru2 ini, saya tiba2 jadi sebak dan
tak semena-mena airmata saya keluar tanpa dapat ditahan2.
Tajuk karangan "Family"
Saya petik sebahagian esei yang ditulisnya tanpa edit.
"My dad always got mad all the time. That's why I am not close with him.
We seldom talk. He was like a stranger to me. Sometimes when we had
dinner together, the situation is just like I am reading a history book- so
boring! But seriously, I think there is nothing important to talk about
with him. Nevertheless, I had ideas about sharing something, I already
knew that he would not be interested to listen. So, that's what happened
between my dad and I.
"....I remember the year I was sitting for PMR, both mom and dad always
argued about something. Just like cats and dogs. And things frightened me
more when my dad always hit my mom in her face and body. It was a great
pain to see mom's suffering. I knew my dad was in a relationship with someone. A widow with three sons. Ah! I was like, what's so special about
her? Starting from that day, we were no longer a happy family."
"....I know everything has changed, but for me, life must go on. No matter what challenges us, we must face them. I want my mom to be happy and I know she would be happy without dad..she suffered a lot. For me, this is a new beginning of a new life. One thing that keeps lingering on my mind is,
why can't I have a father who is loving and caring like everybody else's?.."
Ibunya menangis sewaktu membaca karangan ini
tanpa pemgetahuan anaknya.