human beings that were once her sparks

Helper's Help

Hello everyone,

I'm trying to make sense of the word "sparks" in this (sad) sentence :

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We get that it's her family, but I'm sure there's something I'm missing there.

How would you describe this, in english or french ?

Thanks a lot,
  • rrose17

    Senior Member
    Canada, English
    I agree it’s an odd way to put it but here “sparks in her life” means they were the ones who brought light/excitement to her life. They were what initiated her intellectual (?) or emotional (?) life. To spark means to give that necessary push to ignite something.


    Senior Member
    french belgium
    Comme l'étincelle fait démarrer un moteur...

    Ils étaient sa raison de vivre
    Elle n'était rien sans eux...