Her brain is on the grain that is being prepared
and processed. There is no maze in a common
sight and sound as the maize grain is threshed
and pounded by crude mortar and pestle .
She is grinding corn in a mortar. A mother of 5,
in a village where the mill is far, she has no
choice but to manually process all her grain.
It is a backbreaking, laborious chore.
She learnt the traditional principles of hulling
and milling when she was a little girl since
her parents couldn’t afford paying for
commercial grain-milling services.
She knows the importance of food production,
the goal of milling: enhancing the digestibility
of the grain for human consumption,
to produce a grainy, palatable meal.
Her pestle weighs 4 kg and the pounding task
is sweat, toil, time and energy. It is an effort.
Mortar and pestle are a pair moulded
from a tree stump and branch.