Lesson 1332 – Not seeing the forest for the trees

Recently at Savers, while the girls and I were looking for Halloween costumes I came across this fantastic spooky Halloween themed orange and black pumpkin scarf.

It was large, made in Italy, had muted, deep autumn colors and clearly showed a field of pumpkin after pumpkin. Sure, it had abstract “bat” like shapes scattered around but I just thought that that added to its “Je ne sais quoi” allurability. It was absolutely perfect for our holiday decorations.



Hmm, wonder why no one else grabbed such a great Halloween scarf? No matter, I put it in my cart and took it home so that I could drape it over the shoulders of the Halloween ghost who stands on our porch helping to hand out the goodies each year.

It wasn’t until I stepped back from our ghost skeleton after placing the scarf that I realized, the scarf did not have pumpkins, it actually displayed a field of orange poppies. Of course, once you see it, you can’t unsee it. It was one of those Homer Simpson “DOH!” moments.


When people focus on a tiny fact and lost sight of the whole picture, it’s called not seeing the forest for the trees.

Clearly in this case, I didn’t see the poppies for the pumpkins.



Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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