THE FOUR SEASON'S SMELL
Spring is upon us. Winter is putting up a battle, but spring is in the air. I can feel it. It may still be 32 degrees, but 32 degrees in March or April just feels much warmer than 32 degrees in January. I can smell it. Spring has a smell. All the seasons smell.
Spring smells new, fresh, like a new car or like clothes fresh out of the dryer. The flowers, the trees and the grass all emit their spring odor. Spring smells like linseed oil on leather, it smells like baseball. Spring smells like open windows and fresh air.
Summer smells before it is officially upon us. The world starts to smell slow. Slow has a smell. Slow smells like bacon or barbque chicken. Summer smells slow. The wind smells slow in summer. Summer is for resting up for what is to come.
I know when fall is near. I don’t need a calendar, I can smell it. Fall smells like football. Yes, football is a smell. It smells like change, it smells like dying…no, not dying…hibernation. Fall smells like old air, mulching grass, browning leaves and fermenting fruit. Fall smells like pie.
Winter creeps up on us like no other season. There is fall and suddenly the air is crisp and clean…not fresh like spring, but clean, almost antiseptically clean. Winter cleanses all the smells of the other seasons. Winter is a necessary time to rid the world of all the excesses of the other three seasons. Winter cleanses and prepares us for spring.
Open a window. Breathe deeply. Can you smell it? It may still be cold, but there is no chill.
It smells of spring.