During School in mid 2002, I liked the idea of a headband and I'd recently started creating a brand name, 'F2thaK'. (say "F to tha K"). I drew the design on the headband with liquid paper, and wore it quite a bit. At the start I had no idea what F2thaK would become. At the time it was just a design for me to personalise my belongings.
Around 8.30am on Saturday the 14th of December, my father awakened me due to a phone call. It was my friend Drew and it sounded as if something wasn't right. He said with such a dread that one of our good friends, Michael, had been killed in a car accident. I didn't believe it, and didn't want to. He was a great friend and a true gentleman. The last time I saw him was a few weeks earlier, when him and I were at our friend Luke’s house. Between Michael and I we drank 3 bottles of champagne and it was a memorable night.
Michael’s funeral was on a beautiful clear day. I arrived before the service began and I saw some friends. I talked to them for a while then decided to go into the viewing. My timing was perfect; as I entered the church, the undertakers were putting the second screw into the lid of Michael's coffin. They asked me if I'd seen him and I said, "No." They stopped, took the screws out and lifted the lid off so I could say my farewell to Michael. He looked strange lying in the coffin in his hoodie; hands crossed, eyes closed. He looked so peaceful like a ceramic doll. I thanked the undertakers and they closed the lid.
I went back outside and joined the other mourners waiting for the service to begin. There were lots of people there, but this was no surprise. Michael was well known, especially by his older brothers' mates. It was a nice service, and everything went well. After the service, I went to the cemetery with Drew and his parents. When we arrived, they had Michael’s coffin sitting above its final resting place. Everyone gathered around, the Reverend said the last words of prayer and everyone put flowers on the coffin. After everyone had finished doing this, they lowered it 3 feet down.
Everyone left gradually after this, but I stayed along with some friends to say our final goodbye. We talked about the situation to each other and to Michael as we gathered around to see him lowered to his final resting place. As he descended, I threw my 'F2thaK' headband onto his coffin, as I was wearing it at the time. I dedicated F2thaK to Michael's honour, as I created it so close to his death. He deserved so much more of a life, and it made me realize we need to live every day to the fullest, as we never know which one is our last.