Wednesday, March 24, 2004

A Scent of Summer - In the Snow 

We had a dusting of snow last night here in the Boston area. When I first looked out the window this morning, I thought there was fresh snow, but upon closer inspection I saw that the street was totally snow free, so I thought it must have been my imagination. But we really did have a little snow - it's just been warm enough that the pavement melted the snow that landed on it, while the ground was still cold enough to maintain the frozen stuff.

I mention this only because as I was walking from my car to the T station, I noticed a familiar scent in the air. One which I couldn't quite place but which triggered a summer feeling in my brain. It was the smell of fresh rain on warm pavement! That scent that arises from the beach parking lot after a sun shower, or that slowly develops after a drenching rain has stopped and the sudden appearance of a blazing sun is causing steam to rise from the street. Ah, summer. Are you really coming back?

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:57 AM