It's true that music can affect our lives in many ways. For me, I grew up in choir and band, so music holds a special place in my heart. Sometimes it's just one specific song that brings you back to a certain moment.
For 14-year-old Leah Murphy, music is something that connected her with her mom, especially Pink's music.
“We used to sing [her songs] always together and dance around the house,” Leah said of her memories with her mom, Debbie.
Debbie had bought tickets for her and Leah to go see Pink's show in Sydney, but months after the purchase, Debbie passed away. Leah was, of course, heartbroken, but Pink's music let her feel close to her mother still.
"She relates to the music, I think she's grieving through the lyrics and it's helping her process it," Leah's aunt, Katrina, said.
The plan was to still attend the concert, but Katrina knew she had to do something special. She hatched a plan to make signs that would hopefully catch Pink's attention and get Leah a hug from her favorite singer.
Katrina made multiple copies of the sign and brought them to the show with her. Their tickets were on the floor, so they hoped Pink would be able to see them.
"Once Pink got down to the quiet music she was looking out to the crowd, that's when I started waving the sign," Katrina said. "I had strangers in the crowd grab them off us as well and start waving them. It was just enough for Pink to say, 'what is that?' She couldn't read it, but someone handed her a little brochure about Leah and she read it out."
"We're going to get you the hug."
Pink took the time to read out the sign on stage, and before she could even finish the whole thing, she was making her way down to the crowd.
"I just whispered in her ear, 'you're going to get your hug, sweetheart. We're going to get you the hug,'" Katrina said. "We ended up at the front row and Pink just held her for … it felt like 20 seconds. And Leah's only 14, she's a teeny-tiny little thing and she just sobbed uncontrollably in her arms."
“I was crying a lot and Pink said, ‘Oh don’t cry, you look so pretty. Everything’s going to be okay.’ She was really nice. She’s really sweet,” Leah recalled of the touching moment.
Pink took a couple of selfies with Leah and then went back on stage to continue her show. But the memories Leah took from the short encounter will stick with her forever.
"I haven't seen her smile so much since. Her dad said he woke up feeling happy today, happier than he has been in a long time," Katrina said. "I just really feel it was a hug from heaven. I do feel her mum orchestrated the whole thing."
Pt 2 Leah hug 💓 #hugfromheavenPosted by Donkin Katrina on Wednesday, August 22, 2018