We had a big snow storm here on Friday, but Saturday was a winter wonderland. I went for a walk next to the reservoir and heard the most amazing sound. The sun was loosening the snow in the branches, and snow plopped from them onto the barely frozen reservoir. As the snow hit the ice, it sang. It was amazing. I would compare it to the humming sound that train tracks make as the train approaches or the twittering of awakening birds in the morning. I’ve never heard anything so amazing and I wonder if just the right circumstances will ever be present for me ever to hear it again.
Une rengaine (oon ren-gen) means a tune or refrain. In her 1960 hit Le bonheur, Dalida sang “Le bonheur est l’echo d’une rengaine,” or “Happiness is the echo of a tune.” I felt ineffably happy in that moment by the reservoir with the singing ice.