Push. Lift. Wait. Repeat.
Along the way, the brothers often talk about their day or the games they play at home. But when the rowing gets tough, the boat goes silent. They try to stay near shore but often have to venture out into the open river where the currents are stronger.
A weary Fandi sometimes hands the oars over to his brother. Secretly, Alfan would like to row more, but he knows his place.
Yet when the need arises, he said, "I'm ready."
Sometimes, when his older brother is running late, Alfan leaves school without him, knowing his brother will catch a ride with someone. The younger boy takes the sturdy little boat by himself and rows alongside a friend, like a kid trying out a new bike in the neighborhood without supervision.