My paternal grandmother removed dried corn from the cob by abrading it with another mazorca. She kept a wood fire burning for cooking and heating. She was married at age 14 and lived to bear 14 children. My father was the youngest son. She was always working to maintain her family. Under her watchful eye we liked to observe the cows as they approached the barbed wire fence near some shady Mesquite trees. She would often observe the end of the day with a hand rolled Bugler cigarette.