God’s perfection…

Di Brooklyn, New York, Cush adalah sebuah sekolah luar biasa bagi anak-anak cacat. Beberapa anak tetap tinggal di Cush selama masa sekolahnya. Sedangkan yang lain diperbolehkan melanjutkan ke sekolah biasa.
In Brooklyn – New York, Cush is a school that serves children with learning disabilities. Few kids kept stay in Cush while others could continue their school to general school. 

Pada suatu malam pengumpulan dana, salah seorang ayah yang anaknya bersekolah di Cush memberikan pidato yang tak terlupakan oleh para hadirin.
One night at a fundraising dinner for that school, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. 

Setelah memuji sekolah dan para staff yang telah menunjukkan dedikasinya yang tinggi, ia menangis, “Dimanakah kesempurnaan diri anak saya, Shay ? Bukankah semua yang Tuhan ciptakan adalah sempurna ? Tetapi mengapa anak saya tidak bisa mengerti sebagaimana anak-anak lain ? Mengapa anak saya tidak bisa mengingat angka dan gambar sebagaimana anak-anak lain ? Dimanakah kesempurnaan Tuhan ?”
After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried and asked: “When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the perfection in my son?”

Para hadirin amat terkejut, tersentuh dengan kesedihan si ayah dan terdiam oleh pertanyaan itu.”Saya percaya,” jawab si ayah, “bahwa ketika Tuhan melahirkan seorang anak seperti anak saya ke dunia ini, kesempurnaan yang dicarinya terletak pada bagaimana perlakuan orang-orang lain terhadap anak itu”.Kemudian ia menceritakan kisah berikut ini mengenai anaknya, Shay.
The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. “I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.

Suatu sore, Shay dan ayahnya berjalan-jalan melintasi taman dimana beberapa anak lelaki yang Shay kenal sedang bermain Baseball. Shay memohon pada ayahnya, “Yah, menurut ayah, apakah mereka membolehkan saya ikut bermain?”
One Afternoon, Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?‘ 

Ayah Shay mengerti bahwa anaknya tidak memiliki kemampuan atletik dan pasti semua anak lelaki takkan mengijinkan bermain dalam tim mereka. Tetapi, ayah Shay mengerti juga bahwa jika anaknya bisa ikut bermain maka Shay akan merasakan kebahagiaan bisa turut memiliki.
I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps. 

Kemudian, ayah Shay mendekati seorang anak lelaki yang ada di lapangan itu dan bertanya kalau-kalau Shay boleh ikut bermain. Anak lelaki itu melihat ke sekeliling meminta pertimbangan dari rekan-rekan lainnya. Karena tak ada yang memberikan pertimbangan, ia memutuskan sendiri dan katanya, “Kami sedang kalah enam angka, sedangkan pertandingan ini berlangsung sembilan inning. Saya pikir anak anda bisa bergabung dalam tim. Kami akan menempatkannya sebagai pemukul di inning ke sembilan.”
Then, I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the nine inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’ 

Ayah Shay amat senang. Shay pun tersenyum lebar. Shay diminta untuk mengena kan sarung tangan dan menunggu di barisan tunggu luar lapangan. Di akhir inning ke delapan, tim Shay memperoleh beberapa angka tetapi tetap tertinggal tiga angka dari tim lawan. Kemudian di inning ke sembilan mereka memperoleh angka lagi. Dua orang berhasil berdiri di base dan siap-siap untuk memperoleh kemenangan angka. Kini tiba giliran Shay memukul. Apakah tim Shay akan benar-benar memasukkan Shay sebagai pemukul berikutnya dan mengambil resiko untuk kemenangan mereka yang sudah berada di dalam genggaman ?
I was so happy. Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Amat mengejutkan, Shay diijinkan untuk memukul. Semua orang tahu bahwa hal itu hampir-hampir mustahil karena Shay sama sekali tidak tahu bagaimana memegang tongkat pemukul baseball. Bagaimana pun Shay maju ke papan pemukul, pitcher bergerak beberapa langkah dan melemparkan bola itu perlahan ke arah Shay sehingga memungkinkan Shay untuk menyentuh bola itu.
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.
Lemparan pertama dilakukan. Shay memukul tanpa arah dan gagal. Salah seorang teman Shay mendekati dan bersama-sama mereka memegang pemukul itu dan menghadapi sang pitcher yang sudah bersiap-siap untuk melemparkan bola kedua.Sekali lagi si pitcher maju beberapa langkah dan melemparkan bola itu dengan perlahan sekali ke arah Shay.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. 

Ketika bola dilemparkan, Shay dan rekannya yang membantu memegangi tongkat pemukul itu akhirnya bisa memukul bola itu perlahan sekali ke arah pitcher. Sang pitcher menangkap bola yang menggelinding di tanah dengan perlahan. Ia harus melemparkan bola itu ke penjaga di base pertama. Dengan demikian Shay bisa saja gagal mencapai base pertama, keluar dari pertandingan dan timnya pasti menderita kekalahan.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. 

Tapi apa yang terjadi ? Si Pitcher melemparkan bola itu ke kanan jauh ke atas melewati kepala penjaga base pertama sehingga tak terjangkau. Semua orang lalu berteriak-teriak, “Shay, ayo lari ke base pertama. Lari ke base pertama”.Belum pernah selama hidupnya Shay lari ke base pertama. Ia tergesa-gesa lari ke base pertama, bola matanya berbinar-binar. Ketika ia tiba di base pertama, penjaga base di sebelah kanan memungut bola. Ia bisa saja melemparkan bola itu ke penjaga base kedua yang akan mengalahkan Shay, tetapi ia melempar bola itu jauh ke atas kepala sehingga tak tertangkap oleh penjaga base kedua.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first! Run to first!’ Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. 

Lalu semua orang berteriak, “Shay, ayo lari ke base kedua, ayo lari ke base kedua.” Shay lari ke base kedua. Begitu itu tiba di base kedua, penjaga tim lawan melempar bola jauh ke atas sehingga tak terjangkau oleh penjaga base ke tiga. Lalu mereka semua berteriak agar Shay lari ke base ketiga. Ketika Shay menyentuh base ketiga, semua anak di kedua tim yang sedang saling berlawanan itu berteriak, “Ayo Shay, lari sampai akhir base. Lari sampai akhir base !” Maka Shay pun berlari sampai ke akhir base, menginjak papan base terakhir. Serentak ke delapan belas anak yang sedang bermain itu memeluk dan mengangkat Shay di atas pundak dan membuatnya seperti pahlawan kemenangan untuk timnya.
Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’ Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head. As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, Shay, Run home!’ Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team. His team hugged him and raised him over shoulder and made him just like a hero.

“Pada hari itu,” kata ayah Shay dengan lembut, mata yang berkaca-kaca kini tak tahan meneteskan air mata, “kedelapan belas anak lelaki itu telah menemukan kesempurnaan Tuhan”.
‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams had found God’s perfection.”

Source: http://pass-forward.blogspot.com/2011/06/run-all-way-shay.html

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