An entry in the 2016 Crocodile Prize
THERE lived an old woman in a village located about just one kilometre away from the mission school.
Her husband had deserted her when he found a new wife from another place and the woman had struggled to raise her three children, a girl and two boys.
When her children became adults, they married and she was left alone. She made her own garden, collected firewood and fetched water. She was very industrious.
One day she went to the market to sell kaukau. As she was walking home, she met a young boy carrying a load of books in his bag.
She asked him, “Where do you live, and how far is your home?” The boy said, “I live in Pamas village, about 10 kilometres from the school.”