Families who work as farmers are invisible less special to their children and most of them in general. Much more classy. And proud if parents can wear official uniforms bearing the logo of government institutions. Military, health, and others. Destiny was never announced at the beginning. That is why the beauty of the art of life is always full of mysteries. And is the secret of Allah Almighty.
Early on, a little offensive about the profession. There is absolutely no intention to suggest or stunt a person’s profession. However, I want to give a bit of happiness from the profession of a farmer who is identically dirty. Shoulder, and low educated.
Life of a Peasant Child
Born as a farmer child always feels synonymous with distress and concern. That’s what the authors feel since childhood.
On Sundays off, parents take them to the “matun” field (pulling grass). When school holidays arrive when it is time for “mbudak” (rice fragrant out of the stem) rice is ordered to wait for the rice to be eaten by birds. The hand holds the slingshot and the pocket of its contents is stone. And after the rice harvest is asked to help to dry. And to wait for the rice to be more or less four days. Not free and little to come work.
That is only a part of the little farmer’s work that the writer illustrates. Even though there are many other jobs. Such as “stretching” (planting corn/green beans/soybeans) in the fields/fields. Suctioning water to flow through the fields. To waiting for seeds at night so they are not eaten by rats.
Feeling confined and not as free as children in general. Again playing in the fields. Vacation in the fields then takes a bath in the river. Different and not as beautiful as when imagining a holiday of friends who are the same age whose parents work as employees. Departing on the schedule, in the morning can warming vehicles in the yard. Every month the salary has been transferred and when he has a pension fund.
Every week he goes to the shopping center. Toys on water rides that have slides and were to rinse. Even when on vacation at home. His hands do not hold slingshot with stones but hold PS sticks. And a collection of the latest games.
A striking difference that is still recorded clearly if the flashback to the back.
Before vs Now
Previously, farmers were still not familiar with the technology and civilization of the times. Hoe in the fields using a hoe for days. Matun (pulling grass) using your hands is also for days. Harvesting rice using ani-ani and or can also be dos (a traditional rice harvester that is nailed and rotated using a bicycle pedal).
At present hoeing to prepare new planting season land does not need to spend days using a hoe. There is a tractor that has only been able to flatten for 30 minutes. And the results are ready to be planted.
Matun, eliminating grass or weeds no longer requires a lot of people and using hands to clean the grass. Ally and ally plus (grass pesticides) are now available. Its use is also very easy. Pour the pesticide into the spray ladder and spray in the morning. In a period of five hours, the grass will wither by itself until it dies on the spot.
When the rice harvest season arrives, no need to use ani-ani ordos. There is already a modern rice harvester, a blower. This tool is the result of innovation from a workshop that uses diesel engines as its main power. And recently there has been a combined harvester (rice harvester). Produced by heavy equipment companies to answer the challenges of technological advances in agriculture.
It is these facilities which are increasingly here that make farmers. Especially the writer’s parents, feel helped and eager because they can cut time and ease the workload. So that it can develop and build life infrastructures. One of them is education.
Build Education from Agriculture
Parents who work as farmers, although experience and insight are not as extensive as those who work as non-farmers. Alhamdulillah, awareness in education is a top priority.
Still remember very well since childhood, parents especially fathers have the principle of “Tame Jina”. Meaning siji children, siji scholars mean every one child, one scholar. If you look at the condition of the first principle of the father. And his ideas are quite imposing and as if it were a patent. It was impossible to materialize.
If talking about mathematical calculations is definitely impossible. The income from farming only comes when the harvest arrives. Not to mention the production costs that have been incurred. And used again to prepare for the new planting period (MTB). Plus to support their daily needs (caring for three children) and care for farming.