Our twelve-year-old vigneron/vine farmer, Max.
Hello from the blustery Vaucluse where the Mistral wind is harvesting the grapes for us! All we have to do is get down on our hands and knees and scour the dirt floor for the fallen fruit! It's a sticky, scratchy business but with a sweet return (we hope). The harvesters arrive on Sunday night -- in the meantime, my family and I are back to earth-scouring... in search of wayward grapes.
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imprévu(e) (an-pray-vew) adjective
noun: unforeseen situation
Le beau c'est l'imprévu.
What is nice is the unexpected. --Thomas Bernhard
It sounded like a last gasp for air. My husband was looking out the window when I heard it. That sound. That gasp!
"What's the matter, Jean-Marc?"
"They've fallen on the floor!"
I looked out the window and saw them lying there, scattered bunches of blue.
"The grapes have fallen!" Jean-Marc gasped, taking one last breath before charging over to the cave* to grab all four buckets, pitching them into his Citroën. I followed on his heels, leaving the coffee and the breakfast toast, and pausing to sling my mom's wicker basket over my arm.
* * *
Like that, the harvest has begun, six days earlier than planned, well before the grape pickers' arrival. It was the wind that decided it and she laughed as we scurried below her, like tenants in a house on fire. In a flash we left our valuables: a rigid routine, a sacred schedule, and any comforting habitudes.
References: le raisin (m) = grapes; la cave (f) = wine cellar; une habitude (f) = habit
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Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's word & quote:
Imprévu. Le beau c'est l'imprévu.
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