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Maureen Unasa is a contrarian Samoan woman unravelling life, love and culture through the art of Samoan weaving

Aisea Dad? (Why dad?)

Strong and Bold : My dad


A present for my dads 64th birthday……

Aisea Dad?

A Foreign language did you speak
Only sounds. Words you did not understand
To pass a test and hoping for us to seek
A new life in the promised land.

What was it like for you dad?

*Tofa soifua to safe and familiar
*Talofa lava anxious uncertainty
“My name is Sio and I am hard worker”.
“I want better life for me and my family”.

How did you do that dad?

Copy the man and just work very hard
Follow the plan like a good little mouse
Education of children is of high regard
You save the money and buy the house

Why did you do that dad?

The best is what you did for me.
Yet a challenge is what I came to be.
Not exactly the life you had planned.
Unjust payment for a hardworking man.

What did you think dad?

Failure may have knocked at your minds door.
I know you met it with a big slam. I’m sure.
Stubborn and disobedient was my consistent talk
And still you stayed by me and continued to walk.

Why would you do that dad?

To ensure that you fulfilled your plan
Not the one made by the man
The plan you always had for me.
To always be the best I can be.

Happy 64th Birthday Dad. I hope my life thus far will suffice as my gift for you today.

[*Tofa soifua means Goodbye]
[*Talofa lava means Hello]

144cm wide x 67cm long (R) x 0cm long (L)

Progress so far and quick updates of project found at facebook

Bottoms up but no cheers here.  Just head down and bottom down too.

Gunning to complete the two meter width by the end of the week.

Currently at 159cm wide and contrary to my wishes my excitement does not make thy fingers move any faster.

I thought I had come along way in the patience department with my five precious cherubs.  They have exercised and exhausted all forms of creative patience….or so I thought.

Todays quick esipode (how my 6 year old says it but with a ‘th’ in place of the ‘s’) is to touch base and also to let you all know that there is a facebook page for Samoan Weaving HQ.

There you can find all the quick updates and progress until I get down time to provide some more thought provoking delicious reading.

Step by step video guides is what I would like to pursue next however I do not support nor do I have the resources to purchase a clone.

These two hands are strictly weaving…for now.  Kids, you know where everything is.  Help yourself and each other.

Join me at facebook now everyone…..