On Shoemakers and childhood
Did I mention Pedro? He helped look after my brother’s and I since we were born. My father met him whilst he worked at the Thyolo Tea Estate in Malawi. 11 days after my oldest brother was born my father asked him if he would like to be part of our family. Pedro, was also our trusty Guard and had a difficult life but never lost his amazing sense of humor, and we absolutely loved him for that. He was hilarious, caring and very patient with us.
Pedro taught me that shoes didn’t always come from shops and factories. He was an amazing cobbler who improvised with materials he had available. He made his tools and recycled old car tyres to mend shoes gaped with holes. His glue was collected from a latex tree we had in our yard. Pedro, even resized shoes when necessary. We loved his “Jesus slippers”. In exchange for his craftsmanship, my father taught him about mechanics, welding and building.