Married young but a determined man

By Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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HARD WORKING: Tuasagafou Auapa’au, 20, of Apolima and Vavau.

HARD WORKING: Tuasagafou Auapa’au, 20, of Apolima and Vavau. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

Life shouldn’t be a mistake. It should be the product of choices we make.

That’s the opinion of 20-year-old Tausagafou Auapa’au from the villages of Manono and Vavau.

Speaking to the Village Voice, he said the cost of living is expensive and it’s such a pain but work is the answer.

“I’m a married young man and I’m a farmer,” he said.

“My wife and I used to live at our family at Vavau but we moved here two weeks ago to look after my wife’s sick dad.” 

 “You’ve found me at this time, working the plantation to earn some money. The plantation provides for my family.” 

“I know some people think that I’m too young to have a wife but isn’t it why I’m a married young man because I’m ready to have a family of my own?”

“I didn’t mean to disobey my parents for having a wife at this age but it’s just that I don’t want to depend on them.” 

“I’m old enough to take care of myself and I’m willing to do everything to develop my own family.” 

 “My only hope is, if we ever have kids I want them to have better futures as well as having enough money for anything they need.” 

Tausaga said if you work hard enough, you can make enough money from the plantation.

“This is why I always work in the plantation,” he said. 

 “It is enough to provide what we need.” 

“I’m thankful to God for the strength and good thoughts he has given me in taking care of my small family.”

“This is why I work hard, because the future of my family matters to me.”

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