Parents first for Foma’i
Time is precious. Today is a gift that we won’t be able to get back.
As such, Foma’i Tuveve’s motto is to live every day to serve his parents.
Foma’i is a 21-year-old from the village of Faleasiu. He’s the youngest of eight children.
He is a farmer and was on his way back from the plantation when the Village Voice caught up with him.
“My mother and father are getting old and I understand that they are not as strong as they used to be,” Foma’i tells the Village Voice.
“That is why I made it my job to stay home and take care of them.”
When Foma’i finished school at Nu’uausala College, he started working for a hotel for a few years.
But when his parents started getting sick, he decided to stay home and look after them.
“I’m the youngest and I felt that it was my responsibility to give up something.
“At the moment, two of my siblings are working and staying together with me and my parents. The rest are all with their own families now.
“When my parents condition changed, I told myself that time is precious and we never know when things will happen and once they do, we can never turn back time and undo what has been done.
“See, this is why I want to make time for my parents, this is why I’m putting them first before anything that I want because we never know when we will be gone from this life.
“So what if people say that I’m just a farmer, yes I work the land to get food for my parents. There’s nothing wrong with that, because unlike our parents, we have many years ahead of us to build our own families but right now I just live my own life and make the most of every second I have with my parents.”