You know I was so lucky to find a temporary job in a garment factory in town. I accepted it, I was paid well and it was cash under the table as the saying goes. The majority of workers were ladies and there was about 35 of them. Only 4 men sewing to include myself.
Not to boast like a proud rooster or anything but it’s the truth; I loved all the attention the female staff showered on me. There were no complaints here! They were always looking to buy my lunch, take their breaks with me and oh how they fussed over me, I mean my goodness!
Many of them would walk by and tell me that my necktie needed straightening only to immediately start playing with it. Fortunately the men on the team didn’t begrudge me while my ego was being blown-up like a hot air balloon.
While it was all well and good and my work pleased the supervisors (my previous experience shone through apparently), management had to let me go. Within the allotted 2 weeks I was unable to provide legal documentation allowing me to be lawfully employed in Australia. 🇦🇺
I was very happy though as I made over A£200.00 and this was enough to buy me a one-way aeroplane fare to Nadi, Fiji. There was also a tidy sum remaining for pocket money and gift purchases for the family back home.
After separation from tailoring I remained just a few days and then took a bus to Sydney where I would catch my flight back to the Fiji Islands. Once I arrived in Nadi, I took a commuter flight into Nausori where an airline shuttle bus then delivered me back to Suva in just under half an hour.
There my mother and brother-in-law were waiting for me with a taxi. My mother was so happy to see me, she began to cry big tears of joy; she couldn’t believe I was really there and said as much. I offered her my arm and said, ‘Pinch me and you’ll see I am really here!’
I told them as we began to drive that first I must go to Samabula, to the house on Moala Street where Hemma was so that I can bring her with us, back to our house. My mother agreed wholeheartedly. The taxi took us to where I had left my wife with her parents and siblings before heading to India.