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Seasons

04 Sep

sunflowers 2The calendar and the heat say it’s summer but the end is unmistakably near. Autumn is set to step in. It’s the vendange in the south of France – grape harvest time. Vines droop with the weight of fat, taut, juicy fruit, ready to be picked. The lavender is gone, the spiky, gray past-their-purple-luster plants trimmed to rows of tidy dull mounds in the dirt. Sunflowers – the few that remain – are brown and dry, bending with exhaustion to the ground; their round faces no longer speak their names. Orange nets are poised beneath wizened trees to catch olives ready to drop. Nature’s progression surrounds us as I walk among the vineyards, fields and sturdy stone farmhouses.

We’re back in the Luberon after six weeks of traveling south to Corsica, Sardinia and Italy’s Ligurian coastline. Physically, the landscape is transformed and emotionally, my world will no longer be the same. I lost my Dad while we were away. New days dawn. Seasons change. The world goes on without him. Life continued after my Mom died nine years ago and will continue now as then. But I no longer have my parents in my material world. Their love gave life to eleven children and twenty-nine grandchildren — the masterpieces of their lives.

 

grapes 2As the vines and flowers wither only to bear new fruit and blossoms in spring, so will my parents’ legacy go on. My siblings, our children, and our love for each other are testaments to my parents’ love. Summer, fall. Their lives will go on in ours. Winter, spring. We will share their love; we will make them proud.

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4 responses to “Seasons

  1. linda carleton

    September 4, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I was just polishing the part of my manuscript for Elmina’s Fire in which it is vendange; Elmina is harvesting the first planting and hoping for a fall crop to see them through the winter. It’s a lovely time of year in Maine too.

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  2. newcoxchapter

    September 10, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I beautiful post, Marianne. I have been praying for you.

    *Michelle Cox* *Author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series * *Web:* Michellecoxwrites (dot) com | *Tweet:* @michellecox33 |* FB: *Michelle Cox Writes

    On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 9:13 AM, Marianne C. Bohr wrote:

    > mcbohr posted: “The calendar and the heat say it’s summer but the end is > unmistakably near. Autumn is set to step in. It’s the vendange in the south > of France – grape harvest time. Vines droop with the weight of fat, taut, > juicy fruit, ready to be picked. The lavender is” >

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    • mcbohr

      September 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Michelle.

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      • Ethan Boyle

        September 21, 2016 at 11:47 pm

        So sorry to hear that Madame Bohr.

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