On one level, this is just a story about having a little extra cornmeal mush to go around...on another, it speaks of trust and thankfulness, and the gift of celebration.
"Sometime in September, if God grants health, good rains, and a successful harvest, the Senuto people of southwestern Burkina Faso celebrate the "seed corn meal." At planting time and until harvest, they carefully save and protect a portion of their seed, their only insurance against crop failure. But once the ears of corn are full on the stalk, they can make a meal of the seed corn....When it is time to eat, the women of the family share one common bowl and the men share another. They dip hand-formed balls of mush into a sauce that may contain a bit of meat that everyone shares at the end of the meal. 'We have eaten the seed corn. Barika! (Praise to God!) May God grant us another harvest next year!'" ~~ Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook, by Joetta Handrich Schlabach, 1991. Submission by Mawa Coulbaly and Kathy Petersen, NDorola, Burkina Faso.