Une Rengaine

imageWe 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.

imageUne 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.



Le bonheur

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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4 Responses to Une Rengaine

  1. Ellen A. says:

    Lucky you – not only to be there for such a rare event, but to have the ability to appreciate it so profoundly. Too many of us lose that connection to nature once we are no longer children. Beautiful scene.

  2. Sounds amazing! Too funny that we have another thing in common — living near a beautiful reservoir for gorgeous walks. I love ours in all seasons.

    A few years ago the Hudson River froze and as the huge chunks of ice moved they squeaked and groaned. Also unforgettable.

    I wonder if (?) being Canadian has attuned us to the subtle beauty of nature.

  3. Funnily enough, I consider myself a city-gal, but living near this wooded reservoir has really nourished me since we moved here. Maybe it does take me back to the immense freedom of my childhood to explore the woods, fields, and ponds near Stouffville all day long. I like your idea, at any rate!

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