A large majority of us had easy childhoods. This means that most of us didn’t have to take on additional responsibilities besides school work and didn’t have to give up aspects of our childhood to bear certain adult burdens.
Which is why we should be thankful for what we have and what we’ve been given.
Indonesian content creator, Rahmadi, took to his Instagram account to showcase a little boy (and when we mean little, we mean little) in a mascot outfit resting in a corner. It turns out, the little boy goes around his town in mascot outfits and clown makeup to help his mother earn money.
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EDISI KEHIDUPAN…. Setiap hari, Rehan harus bangun pagi-pagi betul agar atraksinya bisa disaksikan oleh para pekerja kantoran dan warga disekitar jalan Gatot Subroto… Bagi sebagian orang, atraksi badut jalanan yang disuguhkan Rehan dinilai ampuh untuk mengusir rasa suntuk di tengah padatnya jalan Gatot subroto. Namun, ada beberapa hal penting yang luput dari pikiran mereka. Pertunjukkan yang mereka anggap menarik itu sebetulnya dilakukan oleh anak di bawah umur, bahkan termasuk dalam kategori eksploitasi anak. Menurut pengakuan Rehan, keputusannya menjadi Badut jalanan didasari oleh motif ekonomi agar ia bisa memenuhi kebutuhan sehari-hari. Ibunya yang bekerja serabutan hanya mampu mengumpulkan uang untuk membayar biaya sewa kontrakan. Jika ada rejeki berlebih, uang tersebut sengaja disisihkan untuk biaya sekolahnya. “Uangnya lumayan. Bisa buat beli Nasi bungkus untuk dibawa pulang ke rumah,” tutur Rehan Agar atraksinya menarik perhatian banyak orang, Rehan memperlihatkan jogetan kecilnya. Sementara untuk urusan kostum dan kepala boneka, Rehan mengaku selalu mengganti kostumnya setiap hari. Sang penyedia kostum juga menyediakan beberapa pilihan kepala boneka yang didesain menyerupai tokoh-tokoh kartun, mulai dari Dora the Explorer, Upin dan Ipin, hingga Spongebob Squarepants. Kepala dan bajunya saya sewa. Saya tidak tahu biayanya, karena ibu yang membayar,” ungkap Rehan sembari menyeka keringat yang menetes di kelopak matanya. Setiap hari Rehan memang sengaja berangkat pagi-pagi buta, bahkan sebelum mentari pagi bersinar. Selain mengincar mobil-mobil yang terjebak macet, ia ingin menyisihkan waktu di sore hari untuk bermain bola di rumah. Lepas Sholat Isya saya biasanya langsung pulang ke rumah bersama ibu setelah ibu selesai beberes kebersihan halaman Alfamart jl. Gatot subroto kata Rehan Namun saat ditanya, apakah ia dan ibunya nyaman dengan profesi mereka saat ini, Rehan mengaku senang dapat membantu memberikan uang tambahan kepada ibunya. Kendati demikian, Rehan tidak memungkiri bahwa terkadang ia merasa lelah karena harus berjalan hingga sejauh 10 km dari rumahnya.
He wrote, “Every day, Rehan has to get up early so that his attraction can be witnessed by office workers and residents around the Gatot Subroto roads. For some people, Rehan’s street performances are considered a distraction from the exhaustion of life on the dense Gatot Subroto roads. However, there are some important aspects that don’t cross their minds.”
Apparently, a majority of the people who stop to watch and enjoy Rehan’s performances do not know that he’s just a kid under the mascot masks and clown makeup.
Rehan had admitted that his decision to become a street performer was to help with his daily needs. His mother apparently only earns enough to pay rent, and any additional income is set aside for his school fees. In order to attract the attention of people, Rehan also does little dances.
“The money is good. I can buy takeaway rice to be brought back home,” he shared.
As for costumes and mascots, the little boy also explained that he changes his costume every day. The costume provider has a selection of different mascot outfits that resemble a variety of cartoon characters from Dora the Explorer, Upin and Ipin, to Spongebob Squarepants.
“I rent the costumes, but I don’t bear the cost, my mother pays for it,” he said.
He leaves the house before the break of dawn every day to set up his street performances but thankfully, he still makes time to be a kid. He works early in the morning so that come afternoon, he’ll have to time play ball.
What makes Rehan the sweetest boy in the world is that he admitted that he is completely happy with helping his mother earn extra money, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t wear him out, as he has to walk up to 10km from his house to set up his performances.
Kudos, Rehan. Your sweet and thoughtful actions to help your mother puts a large majority of people to shame.
We wish nothing but the best for this little boy and his mother.
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