Love is the key to everything. If you love your kids and show them you do, the rest naturally fall in place.
This is the opinion of Felise Felise of Falefa when the Village Voice team caught up with him.
The 36-year-old- father said that it is much easier to become a father than fulfill the responsibilities it entails.
“It’s true, becoming a father is easy but being a father is hard.”
“When we have children we can’t stop them from growing, when they attain the age of attending school, well, we can’t lock them up at home.”
“So it’s not an easy role.”
For Felise, the key is teamwork. He said he and his wife work as a team to provide for the family.
“We’re a team, my wife and I,” he said.
“There’s nothing that I can’t do or won’t do for the kids without the support of my wife.”
“She does everything like working outside, taking the kids to school and many other house chores while I work at the plantation for a living.”
“We don’t have one task that’s just mines, we don’t have one task that’s just hers, we do everything together.”
“Sometimes we won’t always do it well, but we must continually challenge ourselves to not only tell our kids that we love them but also show them how important they are to us. “
The family has just settled into their new home.
“We moved here a year ago, and we are still developing. We live in a simple house and we appreciate everything we have.”
“We have everything we need and we live off our plantation.”
“Moving here was part of our development, we used to live inland with my mother but we all know we can’t depend on our parents forever.”
Felise believes that life might sometimes lead them to make radical choices.
But being a parent has always been a pretty radical experience.
When asked of any future plans for their family, the father say he will be looking for a job.
“In the near future, I will look for a job to help develop my family.”
“Lucky the kids are in primary school now. When they reach colleges and universities, I cannot guarantee the plantation will suffice to afford payment for their school fees.”