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Looking back over the past year, what was the most memorable event or experience you had ?
 
In the past year, many things have happened to me which are memorable. I had scored very good results in school and even been selected as a trainee for the national junior squash team. But the one event that has indelibly imprinted itself on my memory is the resolve of a good friend to the death of his father.

Hakim and I had been best friends since we were in primary school. We shared the same interests and played the same games. In secondary school, we both tried out for the school squash team and were successful. In fact, he was the superior player and made it into the first team on the first try. I was a slow learner and made it into the same team only after several tries. Hakim was also an excellent scholar and scored distinctions in his exams all the time. Although I was always in his shadow, I never felt an instant of envy as I felt that he deserved them all, as he was really a very good person.

But just eight months ago, Hakim's father passed away suddenly after a heart attack. The family was left destitute, as he had been the sole breadwinner. Luckily for Hakim, he was an only child and thus had only to fend for his mother and himself. With the resolve and resourcefulness that I had always known him to have, Hakim launched into a cycle of work, school and squash that would have daunted anyone else.

He found a part-time job at a factory that required him to work from eight in the night till three in the early morning. To him, the mundane work of operating machines was a godsend as it provided him with the money to supplement his mother's meagre income as a factory operator in the day and office cleaner at night. After a few hours of sleep, he would be off to school where he kept himself awake purely with steely determination and discipline. His homework was done in between training hours, after which he would go home to prepare dinner for his weary mother before catching an hour of sleep. Then it was off to work at the factory.

All of us at school were worried for him. He was a good friend and we did not relish the thought of him collapsing from all that overwork. Even the teachers came into the picture to help him as they paid extra attention to him and helped him whenever he was too tired to absorb what they taught in class. It was not unusual to see the teachers staying back after school to re-teach certain topics to him. Through it all, Hakim remained the optimistic and responsible boy that we knew him to be.

In the end, he graduated from secondary school with results good enough to get into one of the top colleges on a scholarship. He also made it to the national team to represent Malaysia in the Asian Games. His philosophy of  "never say die" impressed me greatly as I saw for myself that he had made it despite overwhelming odds. Above it all, he was not embittered or discouraged, but he made it his responsibility to provide well for his mother after his father's demise.

I was proud of being his friend, as was everyone who knew him. I am not sure if I could have survived the ordeal of losing a parent, and a breadwinner of the family at that, as well as he did.

     
destitute   penniless
     
relish   enjoy
     
embittered   resentful
 
 

 

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