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Tima: I Will Miss My Friend Tulia

  I miss my best friend. These were the words that Timaima Senirosi Talei said while attending the funeral of her dear friend, Adi Tulia Tuiwailevu. Tulia died last week
30 Jun 2016 11:50
Tima: I Will Miss  My Friend Tulia
Pallbearers carrying the casket of Adi Tulia Tuiwailevu yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

I miss my best friend.

These were the words that Timaima Senirosi Talei said while attending the funeral of her dear friend, Adi Tulia Tuiwailevu.

Tulia died last week after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road. Family and friends gathered at Tulia’s residence in Matanisiga Road in Suva for the funeral service.

Shaken by the sudden death of her best friend Tulia, Timaima wrote a poem in her memory – expressing her emotion and love for her friend:

‘My best friend

There won’t be another Tulia

No more hanging around

No more laughing

No more singing

No more recess

No more sharing lunch

I look forward to seeing you everyday

But there won’t be another Tulia to enjoy the day.’

 

Tulia’s father, Ratu Isikeli Tuiwailevu, could not hold back tears when he spoke about his only daughter. The six-year-old had dreams of becoming either a doctor or pilot for her dad so she could look after him in his old age.

“My Tulia had a big heart and her aim to become a doctor was so she could treat people for free and she wanted to be a pilot so that people could travel to their dream countries for free,” Mr Tuiwailevu said.

Sotiana Bulusui, who was Tulia’s teacher and maternal grandmother, expressed her family’s loss in tears during the service.

“Tulia was a quiet young girl with a pleasant personality; she was a very smart girl and when she wrote she took her time because she thought things through before writing it.

“Every afternoon she would come to me and say teacher I am going home and she would expect me to give her a kiss on the forehead or cheek,” Mrs Bulusui said.

Tulia was laid to rest at the Nasinu cemetery.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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