Wings Are Made to Fly

Hi! My name is Imogen, and I am 17 years old. I'm an average college schoolgirl whose life got turned around, when my mum's last words led me to becoming a fifth member of Little Mix

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3. Part 3

It was Mum's last words that led me here. I will not think about the crowd watching me. I'll imagine that Mum, only Mum, is there and I am singing to her the song I have written...

I remember clearly the day Mum died. We were all sat in the hospital - me, Kevin, Dad, my Nana. I went to speak to her. I held her hand in mine and told her I loved her. "I love you," she said. "And just remember something."

"What?" I asked.

"Don't waste your life, Imogen. Spread your wings, my little butterfly. Don't let what they say keep you up at night, and if they hear you shhh they can walk on by." I nodded, close to tears.  I leaned forward and kissed her cheek, and suddenly the machines started beeping. I didn't understand what was going on. "Is she going to be allright?" I asked one of the nurses. She paid me no attention. I was taken out, and we had to wait.

Minutes felt like hours. Hours felt like weeks. A nurse finally came out. "I'm afraid it's bad news," she said. Dad's shoulders crumpled. This was the first time I'd ever seen him cry. Kevin wasn't crying, but he looked like he was going to. My Nana was in pieces. I was the worst, though. I was crying all night. Dad let me stay off college the next day. I was glad. I didn't think I could face the world. I picked up my guitar, which seemed the only thing I could talk to. I began to sing a song. I picked up my lyric book, and wrote down my words. On the top line, I wrote the title. I called the song Wings.

My friends were really supportive of me, and I was grateful, but the only one who knew how I was feeling was my diary. Who of course couldn't talk back. I spent many nights puzzling over what my mum had said, moments before she passed away. What did spread your wings my little butterfly mean? I had used it in my song, Wings. Then it hit me. She meant that I should try and achieve my dreams. Leap forward in life and become a singer, a musician, what I've always wanted to do. Standing here now, I think she was right.

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