Gender Roles

Since my childhood through to my teenage years, Sundays will always be remembered as 'church day.' Coming from a very strong religious background, with having a grandfather serving in the ministery and then my father who was a decon in the church we attended, and so it was mandatory we attended church also.
But one thing I will never forget about those Sundays is being witness to my mothers devotion to her God, to her family and to my dad. My parents routine on Sunday would be so hectic from Sunday School at 8.30am - 10.30am then church Service at 11am. Which would usually run for about 2 hours, and then they would come home and prepare for Sunday School meetings and youth meetings. They wouldn't get home till about 8pm most Sunday nights.
BUT, before Sunday School or Churhc even started, my mum was up at 4 or 5am most Sundays getting Sunday lunch ready (toana'i), and thinking about it now it saddens me at how much she would work 5 days a week, and then have to go through this strenuous routine every Sunday, every week, every month for as many years as I can remember. I would often question her as to why she does what she does, and she simply said it was her duty as mother and a wife. And so this is a short photo essay on what an amazing women my mother is.
Through it all, she would still have time to encourage and support whatever we did, and so it is only right it is time we started giving back to her.

I love you mum xox