tonight it smells like cold. do you know that smell? when you go outside and the air fills your nose and stings just a little bit? when you can smell chimney smoke and the woodsy smell of fallen leaves and everything feels crisp and clear? the smell usually comes at night. yes, on cloudless nights in the wintertime, you can step outside and smell cold.
the smell reminds me of coming home late from my cousins’ house when we were little. we’d be in our flannel nightgowns and the car would be so cozy and warm. when we pulled in our driveway, the engine would turn off and my sisters and i would pretend to sleep so that my dad would carry us across the lawn and into our beds. the smell would hit as soon as the car door opened and it would linger even after we were inside. i could smell it on my sisters’ hair and nightgowns as we brushed our teeth.
tonight i rode my bike home from school after dark. i smelled cold the whole ride home, and when i walked in the house, james had made chocolate chip walnut cookies–another kind of smell altogether and just the sort you want to smell after smelling cold.
unfortunately smells aren’t as easily captured as sounds are. but tell me, what are your favorites?