For A Sister, Strawberry Season In Paris Brings Bittersweet Recollections

For A Sister, Strawberry Season In Paris Brings Bittersweet MemoriesEnlarge this image toggle caption Adeline Sire for NPR Adeline Sire for NPRIn May, when flowers bloom all over France, strawberries overtake outdoor markets and fill me with bittersweet memories.
toggle caption carolyngifford/FlickrHere in Paris, flashy red strawberries abound on fruit stands everywhere and occupy them for weeks on end.
My brother Bertrand died five years ago this month, at the height of strawberry season.
In the spring of 2012, I flew from Boston, where I lived then, to visit Bertrand in Paris.
Enlarge this image toggle caption Courtesy of Florence Girette Courtesy of Florence GiretteDuring his last days, in a Paris hospital, I asked him what he’d like me to bring him.

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