Farewell Opa…

Opa…

Is what we called our generous grandfather. He passed away a week ago, while I was travelling and visiting my family in Germany. Without any further questions we took the earliest flight we could get to fly back to Jakarta, to see our beloved opa for the very last time. All family members went back from all over the countries  to show our great honour.

90th years old, but still strong, smart, kind, loyal and always cared for other people. 3 months before his last day, he looked everywhere for his wedding ring and kept wearing it every single day. Maybe he was in so much pain, but he never complained, he didn’t want to make anyone worried. Or maybe he could not wait to see his one and only love, his wife, who had been called by God few years back. Few days before his death, he took a saw to cut his starfruit tree, planted in his garden. He was very weak then, but he insisted to clean his garden, just to make sure his garden would look neat before his departure. Just to make sure, people who live together with him, would not need to clean the garden, because everything has been taken care off. He told everyone where he normally put his tools and told them to use it whenever needed. It broke my heart when i heard that story. Even on his very last day, the only thing he cared about was to help everyone and not to trouble everyone with his departure from life.

It happened so quick, we were all in shock, no screaming pain, no machine to help him breath, it was all very natural and quick, just like he always wanted.  Maybe  its time for us to let him go…

I  took this portrait of him early this year. The last time I met, hugged and kissed him in person. I remembered taking this photo before I got on the car to leave his house. He was sitting outside at the terrace, watching us, his kids and grandchildrens leaving one by one.. he was smiling.. he looked very happy to see us. I regreted that i didnt had a chance to show this portrait to him.

Maybe he knew, he might not be able to see some of us again. So many unanswered questions popping out  in our  heads, but we can only answer them with ‘maybes’…

Another day, another flight to Melbourne. Everyone is going away, going their separate ways… trying to move on and except reality…

But… Dearest Opa…. We are so proud of you, for your kindness and setting a great role-model. You will always be in our heart…..

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