Let me the record straight, I won't be participating in the said event. Just to lend my moral support to Faizal, Rafin and Salizan. My classmate, Harizal will also run for the full marathon category, same as Rafin. However, Faizal and Salizan will only run for 10km category.
When I first tested the idea of not going home to my mother, I could see the disappointment in her eyes although she reluctantly agreed to it.
My colleague even raised a valid question to me the other day, "You will go home for Diwali holiday but not Aidil Adha holiday?"
Then, came a suggestion from my siblings which I suspected could be a strategy to bring me home on Raya Haji eve.
"Lets have Niza's birthday makan-makan on Hari Raya Haji itself!" said my sister, Mira.
"But Along won't be coming home," said my brother while the rest of family members looked at me. I just kept silent. And surprisingly my mother kept quiet too, for the rest for one week plus after the Deepavali holiday. Except one phone call to inform that my Mak Endek is hospitalised due to heart problem.
No question on whether I will be home on Raya or whether I wall this year's rendang kerang cook with red chilies or cili padi?
Oh my, I felt really, really awkward. First, with all this silence and plus I don't even know what to do on Hari Raya itself. Whether to go straight away to Penang or stay in KL for a day or two.
Then, the sign came by. I didn't get the company's apartment on second and third Raya, only on fourth Raya.
Nevertheless, the company's resort in Port Dickson has a couple units of apartments vacant for Raya Haji holiday. Surprisingly, hard for me and my colleagues to believe. Maybe this year's Raya falls on Wednesday, so some people decided NOT to balik kampung.
I booked a unit with three rooms and called my sister to say that I'm coming home. I will be around of my beloved family, an opportunity to relax in Port Dickson, or try to finish my reading on Islamic Law of Transactions in PD and a weekend in Penang. What a deal!
Wait... can this story reflect a pengorbanan? Or cannot?