Minggu, 05 Februari 2006

If I drink it (boiling water).....

Menemani saya masak adalah salah satu kegiatan yang disukai anak-anak. Mereka bisa berhenti baca buku, atau main  train, jika saya sudah sibuk di dapur. Ada saja pertanyaan mereka. Apa yang sedang saya iris?...Bisa tidak makan onion itu? It is dirty or not?...Boleh tidak makan chickennya (mentah)?...


Saya suka masa-masa ini karena nilai educationalnya tinggi.


Sekali waktu, saya sedang boiling water di kettle. Anak-anak melihat saya sedang masak gulai. Air panas untuk menambah kuah gulai.


"Why do you boil it, Mi?" Arik nanya.


"To kill the germ in the food, so our food will be clean and nice."


Diam dua-duanya.


Muhammad minta minum. Saya campur minum panas dengan dingin.


"Mi," Arik mulai lagi. "If I drink hot water, will it kill the germ in my tummy?"


"No, because it is not hot enough to kill it."


"So, what about the boiling water, then?'


"Well,...." Nyari penjelasan yang tidak sadis. "If you drink boiling water, before it kill the germ, it kill you first."


Dua bocah saling pandang.


"Why?" tanya pemuda yang selalu bertanya 'why'.


"It is very hot, it will burn your tongue." Saya terus memotong bakal sayur. "Remember Muhmmad when you touch setrika? Umi's iron? How was it? Was it not hot? Very hot?"


Muhammad mengangguk.


"Boiling water is hotter." Saya gemetar di dalam hati membayangkan dua pemuda saya meminum air mendidih.


"Oh." Arik berpikir keras. "Well, then I drink hot water saja. Not boiling water."


"Good." Saya melirik Muhammad.


"So, the best option will be wash your hand after everything, therefore the germ will not be able to get in."


"Why?"


Ugh. "Why? Well, do you know, you pick your food with hands?"


"Yes."


"When you eat with your hands, you bring food, as well as germ, if you have any, through your mouth, into your tummy." Umi memperagakan gerakan menyuap, dan menelan.


"So, better clean your hands from germs, so the germs will be wash away, rather than drinking boiling water that can kill you as well."


"Why?"


"When you wash your hands with soap, and hot water, the germ will be slipped away, and follow the water. And your hands clean. Remember the ad?"


"What ad?"


"Yang ini...aaaa....aaaaa." (Umi menirukan iklan germs teriak melolong....karena disabuni)


"Oh ya, I remember." Arik.


"Oke, I will sabun my hands then." Akhirnya Muhammad menerima.


Sejak itu, dia sangat rajin mencuci tangan.


Sehabis megang nappy kotor Wafa, cuci tangan. Habis flush the toilet, cuci tangan. Sebelum dan sesusah makan cuci tangan.


Tadi, sewaktu saya mem-fillet chicken leg dia berlari ke toilet. Dan berkata dengan bangganya, "Mi, I have washed my hand. Can I help you getting your chicken from the plastic bag now?"


Ha ha ha.


 


 


 

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