Summer smellskie

Daily prompt June 25

S’mores, salty ocean breezes, veggie burgers on the grill, sweaty people on the bus — what’s the smell you associate the most with summer?

This will be quick.  I thought about this today on the drive home.

The other night I went outside to walk around my backyard, late, like 11ish, and I could smell the remnants of a backyard BBQ, charcoal grill, still simmering.  Ahh!

When I was a kid, my dad, the farmer, used to like to take drives in the country in the evening,  to check the fields, after dark.  I remember sticking my head out of the window, and smelling freshly plowed fields, dirt, skunk, and most often, and I still smell this today, timothy grass.

Suntan lotion, the smell of rain after a summer shower is always more pungent than any other time of the year, freshly mown grass (except my husband seems to have developed an allergy to grass now), popcorn at the drive-in (have to go now!), bug spray at The Muni (outdoor musical theater, close to the lake), big sparklers on the 4th of July (I get these every year since we moved into our house), and margaritas (an ever so special summer drink).

Other smells I remember as a kid – freshly bailed hay, the fishy smell of the pond at the farm, the smell of cucumbers, vinegar  and onions as my mom canned pickles, the smell of salt while churning the homemade ice cream, peonies (my dad has two bushes now, and I don’t have one!), the fresh smell of sheets hung out on the clothesline (wish I had one of these), and the smells of the Ballpark at Arlington (baseball!).

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