1…2…3… Grandpa Sarono (65) slowly counts his steps every time he goes to work. Covering a distance of 800 meters with blind eyes made Grandpa Sarono have to take careful steps. The stick he holds also serves as a daily guide. Near his residence at RT 003 RW 009 Cipinang Besar Selatan, Jatinegara, East Newsdelivers.com, Grandpa Sarono worked as a material stone breaker.
Armed with a wooden stick, hammer and jerry can containing five liters of water he carried. Sarono’s grandfather poured water and then swung a hammer at the stones that were used as material for him to crush until they turned into grains of sand which he collected into a sack. From his work, Grandpa Sarono makes a profit of IDR 10,000 per sack.
Sarono’s grandfather had worked helping with public transportation. Before experiencing damage to his eye nerves in 1994. Grandpa Sarono’s blindness could not be cured because his eye nerves had weakened. Since then he has changed professions, starting from selling bananas to selling salted eggs around. In the end, it was material stones that became a source of sustenance for Grandpa Sarono to this day.
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“When I was in the field, I used to be in a vehicle, a public transportation, like that. After that, I didn’t see very far. Then we sold salted eggs, we went around, we didn’t sell much, and the bananas we sold around didn’t sell too. Finally, we passed in front of the material, crashed into the rubble. “If we knock it into sand, many people need it, until now it turns into stones,” said Grandpa Sarono to the merdekabaik.id team.
Sarono’s grandfather also talked about how he suffered from a hernia. Sometimes if the disease recurs, Grandpa is forced not to go to work and rest because the pain he experiences is so extraordinary.
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“When I had a hernia operation five years ago, it turned out the doctor told me not to work hard, if I worked hard it would recur again, yes, because my condition was like this, I kept working with rocks, sometimes when I slid the sack it came down again, sometimes when I was tired it was as hard as a rock. “Stone egg, usually lie down and then hang your legs up and then come down again…” said Grandpa Sarono.
Grandpa Sarono lives alone with his wife, Mrs. Sriningsih. Previously, Grandpa Sarono was still being helped by his wife to earn a living before his wife stopped working because the company went bankrupt. Mrs. Sriningsih also suffers from diabetes which sometimes recurs.
“I’m no longer in control, sir, when I take medicine I’m bored, I’ve had a lot of it for a month, I’m tired of taking medicine and I’m bored, when I’m sick I just go to the puskesmas, it’s also expensive going back and forth, I’ve been to Budi Asih for two months without control. …” said Mrs. Sriningsih’s grandmother.
Grandpa Sarono’s world may be dark but Grandpa Sarono’s heart is filled with abundant light of love. In the midst of their limitations, Grandfather Sarono and his wife were kind enough to take care of several orphaned children around their house. Grandfather Sarono himself has so far adopted 45 foster children. Initially in 2007 Grandpa only looked after five children. Then this number increased to 75 children in 2014. Until now, many of Grandpa’s foster children have graduated from high school and gone to college.
“Maybe if I didn’t have Mr. Rono, I would be completely lacking, because Mr. Rono often helps me with my school needs, my younger siblings are often helped with my needs, like buying school clothes, Mr. Rono often helps me, maybe I won’t have new shoes, a new bag, or school clothes. ” said Elsa Novika, one of the foster children of Grandpa Sarono and Mrs. Sriningsih.
Grandpa Sarono and his wife hope that they will always be given health and a long life. Both of them have a great desire to be able to continue caring for the orphaned children they have helped. Even though they were not blessed with biological children, their foster children were the source of happiness and encouragement for both of them to continue their lives.
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