Monday, September 15, 2008

Fall smells like....


Last night we had our monthly gathering with A's family. Somehow the conversation turned to smells. All of Aaron's family who has been out of the country was trying to describe what said country smells like. Un-ha, my sweet sister-in-law from South Korea, said that the United States might smell like sweat. Not all agreed on that statement. Anyhow, Heidi, another great sis-in-law, said it is already smelling like fall. I have been thinking what does fall smell like? I definitely think that early fall smells like dry weeds. The ones that make me feel a bit wheezy when I run. Today as Anna and I were out running, I thought it does smell like fall. Though, I couldn't pin down why. I lit a pumpkin spice candle this morning trying to create a pseudo-fall smell. Yet, it wasn't what I think Heidi was talking about. Is it the culmination of dry, cool air and ripening fruit? I would say that the smell given off with the first start of the furnace definitely makes me think fall, yet, ours is still cold with only cool air passing through the fans. So what is it? I know as fall descends, the sky seems to change shades. Of course we all know what autumn looks like, the brilliant colored leaves are magnified against the faded sky. So I am asking you what does fall smell like? Give me your answers in your comments.

4 comments:

Debbi said...

I want fall to smell like pumpkins and spices....or at least that is what I hope to achieve each day when I light the candle. I think it's more the outdoors sents of grass and dry weeds like you said - the harvest type smells. Never would have thought of sweat! (and I always adored Harris' cape, that is one of my main reasons I had to make one!

Krystal said...

Maybe it's just where I grew up but to me fall smells like the grape vines in mom and dads back yard. Fall is when they really get ripe like you mentioned. By the way this is Dan.

Aaron said...

I agree with Krystal. Fall smells like grapes. And apples and wood smoke and soup and pumpkins (particularly the inside). Also if you put a whole bunch of different kinds of candy in the bag it smells like Halloween. It's very nostalgic.

Kate said...

I also think it smells like grapes, b/c of the boys parents house, but now our house has grapes too, so its nice, and the whole grass, leaves thing. and the rainly smell, you know that smell from when it rains, I love it! that reminds me of fall, and spring.