If you have the heart to work, do it

By Aruna Lolani and Ilia L Likou ,

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Collecting beach stones, Tupu Su’a of Luatuanu’u and Matatufu.

Collecting beach stones, Tupu Su’a of Luatuanu’u and Matatufu. (Photo: Ilia L. Likou)

No matter how old you become, if you have the heart to work, you can still do it.

That’s according to Tupu Su’a of Luatuanuu and Matatufu.

The 50 year old mother was getting sacks of seaside stones yesterday when the Village Voice team approached her.

“I love to move my body every day because I know working is good for it. Also it’s good for my health as well, and it gives me more energy.

“If you just eat, sleep and not do anything, you will just become a sickly person.

“This builds up a good sweat. If you don’t exercise daily then this is the best workout for you; getting sacks of stones from the beach.”

Tupu is a mother to four children, all grown up now and currently residing and working overseas.

According to Tupu, everyone in her family; both residing in Samoa and in other countries have a role to play.

“My children together with my sisters and their children overseas are the ones who are supporting my elderly mother here in Samoa.

“Everything she needs; our faalavelave, church and village obligations are mostly done by our families overseas.

“But for us back home, my husband, brothers and their families; we look after our elderly mother and work inside our homes and outside on the land.

“We mainly depend on what we have here; we eat what the land has to offer.

“It’s good to make use of the land, to work on it; you know it’s not so hard. 

“It’s always nice to keep your surroundings clean so when guests come, they can see everything looks welcoming.”

Like her husband, Tupu is a hardworking woman.

“My husband is the one who mostly goes to the plantation and I’m the one to help him sometimes with his work and basically do things at home; tidying the house, outside in the compound, and making sure everything is in place.

She added “Working for me has a great significance, in terms that it helps me exercise my body and keeps my mind alive.

“Just because we get older doesn’t mean we should leave all the hard to our husbands, if we know we can do it, then we do it.”

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