Once upon a time, therelived a couple named Mr. and Mrs Tanoko. Tanoko worked as a farmer in his farm,while her wife, Nurlela was a housewife.
He loved his wife so much. Unfortunately,after 6 years of marriage they still had not got any children. This was becauseTanoko was infertile. Eventhough they were not young anymore, but that did not easedtheir love. They were pray everynight and day, waiting for a miracle. Everyday when Tanoko was working on hislittle farm, he kept hoping that a baby would come out of one of his plants,but he realized that those kind of things only happen in fairytales.Mr. Tanoko mutteredsomething to himself about how that thing was impossible.
Somehow, little did heknow, God heard his prayers. After he finished harvesting, Tanoko rest for awhile in a hut near his farm. Then, he heard a loud noise behind the hut. Hewent towards the sound coming from, andfound a basket. He was very surprised after he find out what was in the basket.He rushed back home right after.
Mr Tanoko called hishusband excitedly. Nurlela, while was still sleepy, asked her husband what happened and then Mr. Tanokoexplained how he found the baby. They were hapilly discussing how they shouldcall her.
They had an idea to name her Cempaka since she was found near a Cempakaplant. Astime was passing by, Cempaka grew as a talented and kind young lady, shereceived a lot of love from her parents. Oneday, the village wasinfected with tuberculosis plague. Cempaka lost her father, her mother also gotinfected, but was not severe.
This devastated her, but she soon found her wayback up. She started taking care of her mother. She did everything she could torecover her mother. Nurlela did not get any better, it got worse instead. They ranout of money, she had to sell her belongings and got out of school.
Whileshe was gathering her stuff around the house, she accidentally found a book, itturns out that it was her late father’s book of herbal medications. She wassurprised that her father had such kind of book.She felt so greatfulthat there was still a glimpse of light in the darkest days. Afterwards, shetried making the medicine for her mother, guided by her late father’s book. Shetried many times, yet failed just as much. Sometimes, she almost gave up, butthe thought of her mother finally recovered kept her going.
Until one day, herhard work paid off.She finally found theright medicine for her mother and she was finally able to cure her mother. AfterCempaka cured her mom, she became very well known in her village for hermedicine, many of her neighbours asked for her help to make medicines for theirsickness. One day, someone cameover her house and told her that he wanted to help Cempaka sell her medicine, Cempakawhose always positive minded, she agreed without thinking any further. The manasked for some money for his journey to sell Cempaka’s medicines. Immediately, Cempakasent him off with half of her savings and medicines, even wished him a goodluck. Day by days passed, but there was not any news from the man.
She soon realizedthat she had been fooled. Cempaka felt sofrustrated for a while. She blamed herself so many times.
Her mother feltworried about her. She gave her an advice about how it was just not their luck,and God had to have a better plan for both of them. Success might come afterfailure, and hard work would be paid off. Nurlela’s words of wisdom encouraged Cempakato get up and try again.
Cempaka did not want to waste her time to mourn for longtime.Thanks to her ambitions,she wanted to make her mother happy and also her father in heaven proud, shemade her failure as a precious lesson. Slowly she started to clear a way forher bussiness from the beginning again. Thankfully, there was still some moneyleft for her to buy some new seeds.
It turned out that hermother’s saying came true. As time gone by, her farm came back to the way itused to be. Unexpectedly, one day, a famous investor came to her village andasked her if she wanted to cooperate with him. At first, Cempaka feltsuspicious about it, since her previous scam experience still haunted her andmade her hard to trust new people.
Later she found thefact the fact that the investor was very rich and famous in town. She thought thatit is impossible for a man like him to scam a peasant like her. Besides, itwould not benefit him in any way.
Finally, she agreed tothat have deal contract with the investor. Her medicines was distributed andsold in the town with a simple and modern packaging. It was to keep up with thecitizens’ lifestyle. Unexpectedly, Cempaka’s medicines was favored by thecitizens, even the stock ran out only in a few days. Cempaka,who had succeeded, chose to stay in the city.
Because, she fancied the citylifestyle, and she could live luxurious life there. Day by days, it had beenthree years since she left her village. Every year, Cempaka managed to visither mother for atleast two times. But lately, she got very busy.
One day, she got tiredand fell asleep. In her dream, she met her mother, she thought to herself thatmaybe its a sign that she should visit her mother. She decided to visit her momand ask her to move in to the city with her. Aftershe arrived in her village, she let herself into the house impatiently, lookingfor her mother, and found Nurlela sitting on her bed. Nurlela was combing herhair infront of the mirror. Cempaka asked her mom how has she been doing, butshe got no answer. Because she was in a hurry, she did not suspect anything andsaid goodbye to her mother and went straight to her neighbour’s house to givethem mementos. When she arrived in her neighbour’s house, without anychit chat, she gave them mementos.
She told them she was going to take hermother to the city to live with her. But then, another neighbour came, and whenseeing her, he told her his condolences. Cempaka was confused, she did not knowwhat he meant. Then, her neighbours explained to her that her mother had diedseveral days ago, she was shocked to hear that, she told them that she just sawher mother in her house.