petit boulot

My brother-in-law, Jacques, modeled for me in time to snap this picture of our latest récolte: olives!

petit boulot (peuh tee boo lo) noun, masculine

    : little job

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C'était quoi votre premier petit boulot?
What was your first job?


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

I sometimes wonder what my children's occupations would be, had we lived, instead, aux États-Unis.*

Would my daughter be a paper boy (the little mêtier* that brought me so much joy)? Would my son bus tables for a $1.81 an hour? I'll never forget the greasy stench on my clothes, how I couldn't wait to return home and shower.

At nine I delivered the news, and at 14 I refilled coffee cups, self-esteem buoyed by all those thank-yous! I liked being in contact with people and I know my kids will enjoy the same.

Meantime, we live on a farm
... and work with grapes... and a few olives.... That makes my 14-year-old a seasonal vigneron* and an occasional olive catcher:

Max, searching for olives.

The pros of olive-catching include a clean-air environment (no breathing in exhaust fumes when standing on a street corner, pitching the Sunday news)...

And the occasional offer to aider* ...as when an uncle shows up, unexpectedly, with a helpful hand or two.

Both jobs are made sufferable by grateful remerciements* which, had we lived... after all... in the Etats Unis, would still equal a simple thank you.

"Uncle Jacques" 


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French Vocabulary
les États-Unis (mpl) = United States; la récolte (f) = harvest, gathering; le métier (m) = job; le vigneron (m) = wine farmer; aider = to help; le remerciement (m) = thanks, thanking


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