宮崎ハロー英会話のミニレッスン 35: Stop and smell the roses
This week was valentines and I bought my wife some roses. But I was very surprised (and a little disappointed) because the roses did not smell. This made me think of an English idiom: “Stop and smell the roses.” Do you know what this means? Read the conversation below and try to guess the meaning:
Sena: Hi Hanna, you look tired, how’s it going?
Hanna: Hey Sena, yeah I am really tired. I’m so busy at work that I have no time to relax and enjoy my life.
Sena: That’s not good. You should stop and smell the roses a bit more often. Work is important, but so is having fun!
Hanna: Yeah, you are right. Maybe next weekend I’ll go somewhere nice.
Well, could you guess the meaning? “Stop and smell the roses” means take a break from your busy life and enjoy yourself. Take a break from your work and do something fun or relaxing.
But in my case, I really did stop and smell the roses-but there was no smell!