Day before yesterday, I was in charge for documentate events in my school. Sex education was held for grade 5 and 6. Boys and girls were separated as there were two keynote speakers. All of them were doctors and told about sex education in accordance to the students’ ages. The doctor said about differences between boys and girls in fun way and I thought many students loved it as nowadays many Indonesian youngsters had committed pre marital sex, and it was because of their lack of proper and responsible sex educations. Most Indonesians still consider sex education is something taboo and may not be talked about openly. Cultural and religious banners also become part of it. Parents’ insufficient knowledge on sex education….yes, indeed. The result? the youngsters look for it by themselves, through friends and even pornographic contents which have been freely available.
By the way, I don’t really want to talk about it, as sex education should be fit in the place, and explained in our culture. I’d like to share when I was taking pictures in girl’s section for school’s documentation. Some students called me Mr.Gru, as I used to be bald and looked like the despicable me’s adorable character..hahahaha. A student then gave me something.
She said : “Laoshi (teacher), here is for you.”
I replied : ” Oh, what is it?”
She said : ” Just for Merry Christmas, Laoshi.”
I replied again : “Thank you.”
She gave a small Santa Claus’s head. Well-knitted, and it looked cute. I just kept it in my pocket and brought into my computer laboratory classroom where I usually stayed there. I put it on my keyboard. Though I am not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas, but I accept it as tolerance symbol and just positive in my mind, because maybe She doesn’t know that I am Muslim. Some of my big family celebrate Christmas and I usually come to visit them just as for tightening familiar ties. They also do the same thing when we celebrate Eid. For me, it’s not something strange, I also say “Merry Christmas” to them and there’s nothing wrong with it, though some also consider it unlawful.
Well, whatever it is, tolerance is part of our daily live. We live among heterogeneous people and God creates us into colorful ones, not one color. I will keep this little Santa’s head just for appreciation symbol and I believe it won’t be wrong as we should share kindness everywhere, even to people who hate us.
Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it.
Tangerang, 14 December 2013