L’arbre cache souvent la forêt

imageIt’s been a winter wonderland in New England this weekend. One storm has ended and another is poised to hit tomorrow night. With blue skies and bright sun this afternoon, we seized the day, bundled up, and went out for a walk. The reservoirs around our home are almost completely frozen and the snow has transformed the woods. With all the leaves down and covered with a thick blanket of snow, it was easier to see the form of each tree. Some with particularly rough bark were accessorized with daubs of snow.

I took a close-up picture of this tree because it made me think of the French expression, l’arbre cache souvent la forêt (lar-bruh cash soo-vehn lah for-eh), which is the French quivalent of “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” The French expression changes things up a little bit in an interesting way. Literally, it means “the tree hides the forest.” It’s hard to believe that this tree was just one of many. From this vantage point, it’s hiding the whole rest of the forest behind it.

That’s often true in our lives, isn’t it? We can become so fixated with one idea, problem, or project that we totally lose sight of the bigger picture. Now that the grading for this marking period is behind me, I hope I’ll be able gain a more balanced perspective and enjoy the trees AND the forest. Maybe I’ll even get a snow day this week to help!

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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