Family first, work later

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani ,

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FAMILY MAN: Tali’ilagi Ulusele from Aleisa and Saleimoa.

FAMILY MAN: Tali’ilagi Ulusele from Aleisa and Saleimoa.

In Samoa, our people prioritize their families, their children. 

There was a time when Bluesky even made “Family First” their slogan.

But that is what life is all about; family.

 Whether you’re rich or poor, family should always come first.

That is the opinion of Tali’ilagi Ulusele from Aleisa and Saleimoa.

Aged 32, Mr. Ulusele spoke about the importance of family.

“Family is not a new topic to discuss because in Samoa, I believe everyone’s motto is family should always be the most important thing in your life,” he said to the Village Voice.

“We have church ministers reminding us every day; we even have our own families reminding us once we start to lose sight of what’s important.

“I must admit that I’ve always wanted a job at a company, I still want to work somewhere like that but that’s someday because at the moment, it’s just my wife and I who are looking after our family and we’re trying to have children.

Mr. Ulusele said he’s staying at his wife’s family’s place and they are responsible for taking care of his parents in-law.

“This is my life right now; working in the plantation for food, cleaning the land and when our church minister and his wife (faletua) call for help, I have to be there for them.

“We are committed to our church minister and that’s why church obligations matter to us.

“You know you hear people say, that blessings don’t just come from the work of your hands, they come through those who are doing God’s work.

“But I’m not going to lie about not needing a job, I do need one but I can’t go to that life yet, because I have a family to build first.

“Everything else should come later because there will always be time for that. 

For family, whether it’s just your wife or husband, that’s the beginning of your own family.

“It’s not right for us to preach to the youth of today to put families first and yet we, the older ones are not walking it, right?

“Let us be examples to our children and to our youth about what it really means to serve your family.”

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