Adventure #3: Patriotic Papoe
Knowing that today is Indonesian Independence day, Papoe decides to read Indonesian history book. Little Papoe, although only one and a half year old, is so fascinated with the freedom fighter. Right after we proclaimed our independence, the Dutch returned to claim Indonesia as theirs but the people of Republic of Indonesia didn’t want to be a colonial country anymore. They didn’t have much fire arms so they fought the fully armed Dutch army with sharpen bamboos.
Papoe is so pumped up reading the bravery of those fallen heroes. There is nothing but proud in Papoe’s heart.
After reading the book, he goes outside looking for the smallest bamboo possible. Papoe is only 5 centimetres in diameter, so he needs to find small bamboo he can hold. When looking for the bamboo, he meets another little turtle.
“What are you looking for, Papoe?” she asks.
“I am looking for a small bamboo,” answers Papoe.
“What for? We aren’t Panda, we don’t eat bamboo,” she looks puzzled.
“Who said I want to eat the bamboo? I want to sharpen it!” explains Papoe.
“Why do you want to do that?” she asks, “isn’t that a bit dangerous?”
“I have my reason and it’s not going to be really sharp. Come to my house tonight and you’ll see why I need that bamboo.”
Papoe leaves the confused little turtle and continues searching for a bamboo.
Later that day, Papoe who has found the bamboo is busy sharpening it. His brother and sister ask him about it but he doesn’t say anything and tells them to just wait for tonight.
The little turtle he met before has come to his house. She is waiting in the living room together with Papoe’s brother and sister. They are wondering what Papoe is going to do.
Papoe pushes a rock into the room and then hangs a red and white backdrop. He goes inside and then carries his sharpen bamboo with a small flag attaches to it. He stands on the rock and begins his poem
To those who has fought for our freedom,
A bamboo against metal bullet seemed impossible,
But the spirit to gain freedom free from tyranny made it possible,
Thank you for everything you had done,
Thank you for making Indonesia a free country.
Happy 68th Independence Day.
Everyone in the room give Papoe a big round of applause. Papoe is so happy and proud.
Note: Papoe’s background is borrowed from HD Wallpaper Spot. I edited it to be Red and White.
Indonesian Independence Day is on August 17 which was yesterday, but since I have special post posted on my blog I decided to do my Papoe Adventure today (August 18) knowing that other part of the world is still August 17.
If you are interested, here’s a bit of how we proclaimed our independence> HERE.
Here’s a picture of civilian with bamboo spears ready to get rid the Dutch from taking over Indonesia.