Food doesn’t come to you; you have to go and look for food.
This is the belief of grandfather, Faoasau Moke, 73, from Vailele.
Mr. Moke is currently living with his grandchildren.
“No stranger will ever set foot in your house to give you free food,” he said.
“People nowadays have been going back to their plantations and working there in order to provide and support their families.
“From working their plantation, people tend to sell whatever they get in order to get money and that is how we know that life is hard, people are doing anything they can to get money to support their families.”
But it’s not just farmers.
“The fishermen have been fishing the sea non-stop recently in order to do the same.”
Mr. Moke was doing work at his plantation with the help from his wife when the Village Voice caught up with him.
Mr. Moke said the plantation has been their key source of income.
“My wife and I are the income earners for our family; we have been doing this work for more than ten years now,” he said.
“There is no one in our family that works; it’s only us and our young children who are still in primary level, and our eldest daughter is at University.”
The family sells taro every day.
“We are here now because our five bags of taro from yesterday were sold out and we have to come back and get more bags for today and tomorrow.
“School has started already and that is why we are working like this to try and earn more so we can pay our kids’ school fees, especially the one in University, which is very expensive.”
Mr. Moke said if people don’t work, they will struggle.
“Everything is expensive nowadays here in our country, and we are working hard to try and earn as much as we can to cope with it.
“I think the only thing cheap now in terms of food is chicken, but you are a millionaire when you have mutton flaps for dinner.
“I also think that we can’t do anything about the cost of living we have now, the only thing we can do is to work against it and make sure that your family is not struggling.”
Mr. Moke added that the secret to his good health is from working, and not waiting for anyone to give him food.
“I’m not cocky but to be honest I think this is why I am still strong because of the work that I do here in my plantation,” he said.
“Some mates of mine already can’t work this long but I am glad and blessed that I can still work at this age.
“This is one good thing about not waiting for food to come look for you, but you have to work hard and work for food.”