This conversation happened in the car while syauQi was driving passed another vehicle written on it “Uncle Ali”
Him: You, Uncle Ali!!!
Me: huh? who??
Him: Tuu, uncle Ali, could it be the same guy?
(drove the car faster to chase after Uncle Ali so he could get a closer look of the driver)
Him: Ha’ah, uncle Ali, tp dah gemuk!
Me: &(@)#$@&$ (read: blank)
So this was the story on Uncle Ali, happened bout 18 years ago (syauQi was 9 year old then)
He was walking in his neighbourhood when he came across pakcik jual goreng pisang. He just couldnt resist the nice smell of the banana fritters and decided to get 3 of it since he had 60 cents at that time. Dulu die kate satu pisang 20sen besar giler..bukan cam skrang yg dh kerat kecik2 tu. Confident that he has 60 cents in his pocket, this small boy asked Uncle Ali, “uncle, nk goreng pisang 3”
While Uncle Ali was packing the 3 goreng pisang for him, he reached his pocket for his money…but only to realised he has a hole in his pocket…the coins must have drop from his pocket. Embarassed that he had no money to pay for the goreng pisang, he quickly cancelled his order and walk away. Uncle Ali kesian tgk die…add in more goreng pisang in the paper bag, called him n gave him for free “amiq ni nak, uncle sedekah”
He then walk away with a biggest smile ever =)
Anyway, when we saw Uncle Ali’s van, he had his phone number on it. I took the number and later when we reached home syauQi gave him a call
Him: Ni uncle Ali yg jual goreng pisang ker?
Uncle: Ha…tapi dah lame dah…lebih 10thn dulu
Him: Ah, betul lah tu. Ni saya…dulu uncle ade sedekah goreng pisang kt saya
Uncle: Lar, ye ke?
Him: Dulu, saya tak cukup duit, poket saya belubang, pastu uncle kasi kate sedekah. Tu saja call tadi nmpak uncle drive van ade phone number, berkat goreng pisang uncle kot saya dah berjaya
Uncle: Dah bejaya? keja ape skrang?
Him: Tima kasih lar uncle, dulu kasi saya pisang tu free
Uncle: Sama2…keep in touch yer, kita kuar minum ker
Him: Ok2, insyaAllah
Moral of the Story:
Sebabkn goreng pisang, syauQi learn the value of 60 sen. Although it may seems small ammount, but it means alot…without that small amount of money, u can’t get your goreng pisang. Thus it made him determine to be successfull in life coz even a small amount of money means a lot to him. Who knows, 60 cents could be the most valuable lesson learnt
nota kaki: dulu kat kampung, duit raya dapat 20sen…kalau umah mane yg kasi 50sen..kire rumah tu org kaya abis woo!