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Mum Is the Greatest Gift From God: Vulavou

While people look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday, Ms Vulavou says that every day is Mother’s Day.
08 May 2020 08:20
Mum Is the Greatest Gift From God: Vulavou
Florist Amelia Vulavou at the Suva Municipal Market on May 7, 2020. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Florist Amelia Vulavou, 69, says being a mother is a gift from God.

While people look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday, Ms Vulavou says that every day is Mother’s Day.

“Mother’s Day is every day, and all mothers need to appreciate their calling,” Ms Vulavou said.

Originally from Wainawaqa Village, Waidina in the province of Naitasiri, Ms Vulavou was selling flowers outside the Suva Municipal Market yesterday.

The mother of eight children has been selling flowers for 20 years.

“I’m sickly and my children told me not to go out to the farm, but to stay home. I love flowers, so while I’m at home I plant different kinds of flowers outside my house,” she said.

“When these flowers are ready, I prune them and bring them to the Suva market to sell.

The 69-year- old grandmother said: “Whether you are a working mother, or a housewife, you need to understand that you are special and unique in your own way.”

“I was chosen by God to be the mother of my beautiful children.”

Two of her children are enlisted with the British Army, one is a nurse, one is a land surveyor in the Cook Islands, one is a policeman, one is running their family business – a bakery in Waila, Nausori, a daughter married to a villager and the youngest a bachelor lives with her in the village.

The widow said every year her three children working overseas always called to wish her well on Mother’s Day on the day. A few days before Mother’s Day she receives money from them to buy whatever she wants to buy for herself.

“When a mother gives birth for the first time she is a mother for life, she sacrifices everything for her children,” she said.

“It is our calling to teach our children in the manner God wants us to. Teach them love, so that when they grow up they will always show love to others.

“Our children will never walk away from our teachings or the good values we instill in them. Our children are our reflection.”

Ms Vulavou said nowadays some mothers abandoned their children for the sake of money or for their personal benefits and there were children leaving their parents in old age homes.

“These have become common nowadays,” she said.

She advised mothers to love their children with all their heart and for children to do the same to their mothers.

Ms Vulavou wishes all mothers around the world a happy Mother’s Day.

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj



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