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tir a la corde

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse, french-word-a-day.com
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, french-word-a-day.com

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

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...and when to tug...

and, sometimes more importantly,

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

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse, french-word-a-day.com

Also...

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, french-word-a-day.com

Give... a lot!

In this way you will always be a winner.

golden retriever puppies, leash, france (c) Kristin Espinasse, french-word-a-day.com

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-word-a-day.com

~~~~~~~~~~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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