Sure and beautiful, melodic and harmonic. One of many, holding my own against the silence. I was given a voice to rival all others. Why not go all the way to the top?
The only singing group near my school was an all-male A Capella choir, two miles away. Best in state. Theirs was a world of work and glory. of sacrifice and reward. They were my idols, and I never missed an opportunity to vacate a last-row seat and wonder at them. I am a girl, and could never be a part of that, except to be a watcher, a wonderer, a worshipper.
Then came the dare, from my best friend in the whole world. It was a joke, of course, but why not? Her challenge was for a day. My goal was for a whole semester. I didn't do it for pride, or for fame. I did it for a chance to be in the team.
I did it so I could sing.