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25 May 15 Written by  Published in Humans of Provence Be the first to comment!

Georgette is a real human of Provence and my sweet little old lady of a neighbor. Now, I speak French fluently but her words are so mixed with words and expressions in Provençal that I often times have to ask her what they mean. She watches my kids as they carefreely jump from the roof of the shed in our garden and screams "Attention, tu vas t'escagasser!" which means "be careful, you're going to hurt yourself!" in Provençal. The kids enjoy great conversations with her and she and I have good laughs. Her parents moved to Forcalquier from the small village near Sisteron where she was born, in 1940. She went to school until the age of 13 when she stopped to help her mother at home. Later, she trained to be an assistant nurse at the hospital, where she worked for 30 years before retiring in 1987. Yesterday, Georgette and I happily picked cherries from the beautiful tree in my yard.

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