Clementine, Mandarin ….
Skin stretched or soft …. Sweet, tangy taste … Juicy? …. Full seed or seedless … Firm chair or mole
How many section does it contain? Why sections are also called thighs in French ?
Where does this fruit that I hold in my hand come from, that I will put in my mouth, who will become me?
Agriculture with or without pesticides?
Mysterious fruit, clever and naughty, it slips discreetly in the pockets, its skin exhales distant perfumes, it is an invitation to travel.
What is your souvenir [memory] about clementine ?
In the 1930s, in the depths of Mount Arrhés, where the land ends, in a very modest building that shares its roof with the only cow on this farm, it is early this Christmas morning. But the excitement throws the 3 children out of their bed.
They discover in front of the fireplace an orange for everyone! It is the first time in their lives that they see this fruit that is talked about by whispering, as not to damage it.
She’s just 5 years old, and she’s just crunching in the legendary fruit . . .
I imagine the astonishment of this child feeling the bitterness of the skin, I imagine her eyes . . . .
And often, while eating citrus, I think of her, who would be my grandmother, and that also nourishes my heart.
It’s a wonderful fruit to help us create the time, eat one bite at a time, one section at a time.
What do you really feel in your hand, right now?
Char Wilkins, one of my instructors, often ends her emails with this sentence:
“One breath at a time, one step at a time, one bite at a time”
Let’s experience this today.
One breath at a time, one step at a time, one section at a time!”