My friends are both retired. Sammy was a bank manager, and Veronica was a nurse. Veronica and I met when she worked for the Peace Corps in Lome and I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.
I mentioned to Veronica that I wanted to have a few things made and some alterations done. I was expecting that she would give me the name of her favorite dressmaker, and I would go get that done. In West Africa, it’s very common to have clothes made, precisely because labor is so cheap.
Veronica made a phone call to Edna, her favorite dressmaker, who is also a friend of the family. Edna agreed to come to the house on Tuesday to take my measurements and see what needed to be done. Also, because Veronica hates the Accra traffic so much, Edna would accompany me to go downtown and pick out some fabric. Then, a few days later when the sewing was completed, she would deliver everything to the house.
I was looking forward to that. There would of course be a much better selection of fabrics available in Accra than anywhere else I had visited, and a trip downtown shopping is always an adventure, even if the traffic is horrible.