Yes, I know it is only March 4. But everyone her in upstate New York (well, almost everyone) is thinking of spring. Begging for spring. Craving spring. Willing to do almost anything for spring.
Today, when I woke up, it was -3F.
This is a post from April 28, 2009, with a couple of edits. Maybe, by April 28, spring will have arrived, and this snow and bleary cold will be a distant memory.
We can only hope.
Do you associate a particular scent with spring? My choice may surprise you.
We are at the height of spring right now and I do mean height. Here in
the Triple Cities of upstate NY, spring is an all or nothing affair-a
two week production of everything blooming and then...sometimes back to
winter or almost-spring. After four record high days in a row and one
almost record high day, every flower in sight is in a race to bloom and
then be gone. Daffodils, tulips, forsythia, weeping cherry, crab apple, hyacinth, bleeding hearts, primroses, even early azaleas. Look fast!
Saturday, spouse and I were exercise walking on the Vestal Rail Trail
to enjoy the show.
smelled something sweet and couldn't identify it. I could smell it on a
couple of places on the trail. I wasn't sure it was a flowering tree
because I had never smelled anything quite like that before.
Spouse remarked "have you ever noticed that April doesn't smell like June?" Not that this comment helped me out any.
That got me to thinking, though. Childhood memories are sometimes the strongest, especially as you grow older.
My childhood memory of the smell of April isn't one of flowers at all.
April, growing up in the Bronx, it would rain. And after every rain,
torrents (herds? tons? what is a lot of earthworms called?) of
earthworms would emerge, crawl onto the sidewalk, and die there. I'd
be walking to school and try so hard not to step on them.
It is the smell of right-after-rain-in-early-1960's-Bronx that, to me, smells like April.
What scent reminds you of spring?