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02 February, 2012

LILY, SI LONCENG KECIL // LILY, THE LITTLE SILVER BELL

 
LILY, SI LONCENG KECIL

“Kukuruyuuuuuuk!!!”
Suara Pak Falk Ayam memecahkan keheningan pagi. Sedetik kemudian keriuhan terjadi di peternakan Kakek Ars. Kakek Ars  menyiapkan rumput dan dedak untuk ternak-ternaknya. Pak Bo Sapi bersiap-siap untuk membajak ladang. Ibu Falk Ayam memeriksa telur-telurnya. Sementara itu, keluarga Pak Alexi Kuda sedang meluruskan kakinya, siap untuk menarik kereta.

Setiap pagi Kakek Ars dan seluruh peternakan sangat sibuk! Seluruhnya? Tidak. Ternyata ada seseorang yang hanya bisa menonton semua kesibukan itu. Dia adalah Lily, si lonceng kecil. Lily berusaha menawarkan bantuannya pada seisi peternakan. Namun, mereka kelihatannya tidak membutuhkan sebuah lonceng kecil seperti Lily.
Jadi, setiap pagi Lily hanya bisa menonton semua kesibukan di peternakan Kakek Ars itu.

Suatu malam, seluruh penghuni kandang dikejutkan oleh kedatangan sebuah keluarga. Seorang lelaki kelihatan sedang menuntun istrinya masuk ke dalam kandang. Istrinya menggendong anak mereka yang masih bayi. Suami dan istri itu nampak kelelahan dan kedinginan.
“Siapa itu, Pak?” Tanya Bu Dominggo Domba pada suaminya.
“Entahlah. Tapi, kelihatannya mereka sangat membutuhkan tumpangan.”
“Aku akan memberikan jeramiku pada mereka. Kasihan mereka….” Kata Pak Alexi Kuda sambil menyodorkan jerami pada suami dan istri itu.
“Kami akan memberikan palungan kami supaya bayi mereka ada tempat untuk tidur.” Demikian kata Pak Bo Sapi. Ia juga langsung menyodorkan palungannya kepada suami dan istri itu.
“Terima kasih,” kata si Ayah. “Kalian semua baik sekali”

Lalu si Ayah dengan sigap membuatkan tempat tidur di atas palungan dengan cara menumpukkan banyak jerami. Setelah palungan itu siap, si Ibu meletakkan bayinya di atas palungan itu.
Semua mata sontak menatap pada si Bayi. Itu adalah bayi paling tampan di dunia! Wajahnya cerah bersinar.
“Aku mau memberikan susuku untuk bayi mungil yang manis ini!” seru Bu Bo Sapi.
“Kalian semua baik hati sekali” jawab si Ibu sambil menerima susu dari Bu Bo Sapi.
“Ngomong-ngomong Bapak dan Ibu ini dari mana? Mengapa tidak menginap di penginapan?” Tanya Bu Sonya Angsa.
“Perkenalkan namaku Joseph dan ini istriku, Maria. Kami hendak ikut cacah jiwa di kota. Malangnya, kami kehabisan tempat menginap. Kalau kalian tidak berkeberatan, bolehkan kami menginap di sini untuk malam ini saja?”
“Oh, tentu saja”
“Silahkan, silahkan!”
“Ini, ambillah jerami tambahan, supaya lebih hangat!”

Malam itu suasana di kandang berubah menjadi meriah. Semua berusaha ingin menyenangkan Ayah, Ibu, dan si Bayi kecil itu.
Di sudut rak kayu, Lily kecil hanya bisa menyaksikan semuanya itu dengan wajah sedih. Lagi-lagi, semua orang bisa berbuat sesuatu untuk bayi kecil yang tampan itu. Tak seperti dirinya!
Lalu, tiba-tiba didengarnya suara ibu si bayi.
“Aku membutuhkan tanda untuk bayiku ini, apakah engkau bisa mencarikan semacam kalung atau pengikat yang lain?” pinta Ibu Maria kepada Bapa Joseph, suaminya.
Lily melihat Bapa Joseph sejenak melayangkan pandangannya ke sekeliling kandang.
Lily kecil hanya mendenguskan napas sambil menyurukkan kepalanya. Ia memilih untuk memejamkan matanya lalu tidur.

Sementara itu pandangan Bapa Joseph tertumbuk pada rak kayu di sudut kandang. Di sana tergeletak sebuah lonceng kecil yang mungil dan lucu. Nampak berkilau di bawah cahaya lentera. Pelan-pelan Bapa Joseph mengulurkan tangannya, mengambil lonceng kecil itu.
Lily yang sedang tertidur jelas kaget mengetahui ada sebuah tangan mengambil dirinya. Ia keheranan, namun tidak berbicara apa-apa. Bapa Joseph lalu memasangkan Lily pada jalinan jerami kemudian mengalungkannya ke kaki si bayi mungil di palungan itu.

Lily terkejut mendapati dirinya sudah berada di kaki bayi kecil itu. Setiap kali bayi itu bergerak terdengar suara denting yang halus, suara Lily. Lily merasa sangat bangga! Terkadang ia bahkan merasakan usapan yang lembut di kepalanya. Usapan tangan Ibu Maria!
“Terima kasih, Lonceng Kecil. Engkau sudah menjaga bayiku,” bisik Ibu Maria.
Lily begitu senang! Akhirnya, ia bisa berbuat sesuatu! Ia menjaga si Bayi Mungil di palungan!

***

LILY, THE LITTLE SILVER BELL

"Cluck! Cluck! Cluuuuuuuuuck!"

Mr. Falk Chicken’s voice breaks the silence in Grandpa Ars’ farm. A second later the hilarity goes on. Grandpa Ars prepares the grass and the bran for his cattle-herds. Mr. Bo Cow is getting ready to plow the fields. Mrs. Falk Chicken is examining her eggs. Meanwhile, the Alexi Horses are straightening their legs, ready to pull the cart.

Every morning Grandpa Ars and the whole farms are very busy! All of them? No. There is someone who is only able to watch all the business. She is Lily, a little silver bell. Lily tries and tries to offer help to the whole farm. However, it is not a small bell like Lily they need.

So, every morning, all Lily can do is watching the activities in Grandpa Ars' farm.

One night, the entire cage is startled by the arrival of a family. A man leads his wife into the cage. His wife is holding her  baby. This couple looks tired and cold.

"Who's that, dear?" asked Mrs. Domingo Lamb to her husband.

"I have no idea. But, it seems that they need housing."

"I will give them my straw. How poor they are..." said Mr. Alexi Horse, thrusting the straw to the man and his wife.

"We will give our manger so that their baby will have a place to sleep." So says Mr. Bo Cow. He also immediately hands the manger to their visitor.

"Thank you so much," said the father. "You all are very kind."

Then the father deftly makes a bed on top of the manger by stacking the hay. Once the crib is ready, the mother puts  her baby on the crib. All eyes suddenly look at the baby. He is the most beautiful baby in the world! His face is shining brightly.

"I want to give my milk to this sweet little baby," cries Mrs. Bo Cow.

"You are all very kind," replies the mother as she receives milk from Mrs. Bo Cow.

"By the way, where are you from? Why don’t you stay in an inn?" asks Mrs. Sonya Geese.

"My name is Joseph and this is my wife, Mary. We are to participate the city census. Unfortunately, we are running out of places to stay. If you do not mind, allow us to stay here tonight."

"Oh, of course not"

"Please, please!"

"Here, take the extra hay, it makes you much warmer!"

That night the stable becomes festive. All are trying to please the father, mother, and their little baby.

On the corner of the wooden shelves, Little Lily can only watch them with a sad face. Once again, everyone can do something for that handsome little baby. Everyone, except her!

Then suddenly she hears the baby's mother whispers to her husband.

"I need a sign for my baby. Can you, please, find some kind of necklace or other binder?"

Lily saw Father Joseph gazes around the cage for a moment. Little Lily just  thrusts her head as she  grunts breath. She decides to close her eyes and sleep.

Meanwhile, Father Joseph’s eyes falls down on the wooden shelves in the corner of the cage. There lay a tiny but cute silver bell. It is even shining in the lantern light. Father Joseph slowly reaches his hand, taking the little bell.

Lily, who is asleep, is obviously surprised to know that there is a hand taking her. Yet, she does not say anything. Father Joseph puts Lily on a braided straw then ties it to the foot of that tiny baby in the crib.

Lily is surprised to find herself in the little baby's foot. Every time the baby moves,  a delicate tinkling sounds, the sound of Lily. Lily feels very proud! Sometimes she even feels a soft caress on her head. The smears of Mother Mary!

"Thank you, Little Bell. You keep my baby safe," whispers Mother Mary.

Lily is so excited! Finally, she can do something! Now, she is the one who is in charge of that  Tiny Baby in the manger!

***

 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Best Regards,
Agnes Bemoe

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