tir a la corde

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse,
The game of tir à la corde is illustrated here by our pups.

le tir à la corde

    : tug-of-war


A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse

This'll be quick today... for by the time you receive this missive, I will be on a train heading north to the American Library in Paris. And, on a less exciting note (so as not to say "sad note"), by the time you receive this letter the puppies will be gone.

Gone from our home, to be exact--yet settled in to a new nest.

I took the following pictures a few days ago, when the remaining four puppies were busy with a game of tir à la corde.*  Watching them "tug" and "war" reminded me of les hauts et les bas* that life will throw at them, no matter how good their new homes may be. 

And so, to our 6 darlings, I would like to tell them that in this vie*...

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse,

You've got to know when to clamp down....


...and when to tug...

and, sometimes more importantly,

golden retriever puppies, nursing, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse,
you've got to know when it is time to let go.... and refuel.

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse,


It helps to be a team.

Have fun and don't struggle so much.

Never lose hope...

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse,

Give... a lot!

In this way you will always be a winner.

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse,

We will miss you Dixie, Épice,* Étoile,* Sugar, and Dune (the last two names we're just trying out... until the new owners let us in on the permanent prénoms*...)

As great grand-mère* Jules suggested, we'll have to have you all over to our house for a big birthday party in one year's time. I can't wait to see how you will have grown (I hope I will have too). Which brings me to the last lesson (or second-to-last lesson): never stop learning and never stop loving.

lots of love,

Grand-mère Kristi

PS: my, how you've grown!

Comments, corrections--and stories of your own--are welcome and appreciated!

golden retriever puppies, newborn, basket, day old, france (c) Kristin Espinasse,

~~~~~~~~~~French Vocabulary~~~~~~~~
le tir à la corde
= tug-of-war; les hauts et les bas = the highs and lows; la vie (f) = life; une épice (f) = spice; une etoile (f) = star; le prénom (m) = first name; grand-mère (f) = grandmother

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