There I was sitting nervously at the corner of the hall,
“Hifo, Latai and Rachael to the stage please”, came Mr Coakley (our principal). It was obviously our turn.
“Oww”. I had a sick feeling. My stomach seemed to sink. I found it hard to get my voice out. “Nerves”.
We organised ourselves. Mr Coakley gave us a starting nod. First strum. Second strum. We all started to sing. I began to feel emotional. I couldn’t helped myself. Tears welled down from my eyes.
“Oh no”. I tried to keep going. I didn’t want to let my friends down by ruining our song. Rachael and Hifo both turned to me and gave an encouraging nod. “ Sometimes in our lives” I continued. My voice was wavering. I found it hard to continue but I tried again.
“We all have pain”. I continued to sing. “We all have sorrow”. I could not help myself. It was impossible to carry on. “Oh no, my friends”, was what in my head.
It was halfway through our song. I was meant to lead the chorus. I couldn’t let anything out. Not even a sound. All I did was crying.
“Lean on me”. I heard a voice came from the side of the stage. It was Moli (friend). I couldn’t
believe it. The crowd was singing. My friends were singing. I stopped crying and listened.
“Truly inspiring, friends are beautiful. Beautiful like gardens of love.” I thought to myself.
Friends need to be valued.