April 9, 2012

Rose-Colored Glasses

Our garden in early April

I started thinking about the expression, "looking at life through rose-colored glasses" while searching for pink colored shots in my Flickr photo pool for last week's Tickled Pink post.

Defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the expression rose-colored glasses means favorably disposed opinions : optimistic eyes. According to the Cambridge online dictionary, the expression means a happy or positive attitude that fails to notice negative things, leading to a view of life that is not realistic.

Well, I definitely think I am realistic.
And I do focus, or try to anyway, on the positive and not the negative. Also, I do my best to remain optimistic, which isn't always easy when you consider that I live in a country where pessimism could be considered a national sport.



The reason I remain optimistic is because France still captivates me.

I continue to be charmed by little stone houses with faded shutters and walking into the boulangerie with its sweet, yeasty aromas hovering in the air. I love shopping at the markets and don't mind waiting in line to buy vegetables, cheese and crème fraîche from a local farm. 
I love the attention to detail, whether it be a chocolatier's beautifully designed window display, stacks of perfectly arranged asparagus, carrots or peonies at the market, or by the hand-shaped door knockers that wear delicate lace sleeves and gemstone rings. 
An hour sitting at a café, people watching, is one of my favorite pastimes, and don't even get me started on the scarves!


Door Knocker

So, am I looking at life through rose-colored glasses?  

Well, I do have "optimistic eyes," though I am not someone "...that fails to notice negative things, leading to a view of life that is not realistic."  Believe me, sitting in the waiting room at the sous-préfecture with your dossier, hoping that the fonctionnaire du jour will be kind enough to process your papers that day will most definitely keep you grounded in reality.

Fromagerie Laurent Dubois

I think I am simply trying to live in the moment, keep my sense of humor and appreciate the beauty that is around me. 
I think it is about the little things in life and I try to remember that. 
Every. Single. Day.

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