"All I want for Mother's Day are my children"
Seventy-three-year-old Elisapeta Auina, who lives at the Mapuifagalele home of the elderly, only has one wish this Mother's Day and that is to see her children.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer in an interview during the presentation of Mother's Day gifts by Chan Mow Company Limited representatives, the mother of four said all she ever wanted was to see her children.
"I wanted to be happy, I wanted the peace of the Lord and so he gave me. I will be traveling over to the United States soon to see my children although it's all I wanted for Mother's Day."
One important thing Mrs. Auina learnt at Mapuifagalele is building a strong relationship with God, and for her that's enough to give her strength and hope to see her children.
She used to stay with her grandson at their home in Pesega village but since he moved to stay with his mother at Vaimoso, she relocated to Mapuifagalele.
Staying at the home of the elderly was her choice, though one of her children in the United States of America wanted her to go over.
"I wanted to stay here at Mapuifagalele and am blessed with the care of these good people.
"It's not like my children are abandoning me or something, but it's just that I love it here so much and I want to stay here with a lot of old people around me, that I look up to as my parents as well because they're way older and I just love it," she added.
The Mapuifagalele team have done a great job taking care of the old people and Mrs. Auina acknowledged that.
Mrs. Auina was a recipient of Mother's Day gifts which were presented by Chan Mow Company Limited representatives.
"I will have a happy Mother's Day still and I wish all the mothers of Samoa a very happy Mother's Day and God bless."