The smell of Fall

I don’t know what it is. It’s not what I would normally associate with the smell of Fall: decaying vegetation, a North wind, school supplies. It’s hotter than hell in my living room (probably because of the electronics in the room and the fact that the only window is the balcony door, and the balcony is partially closed in. I had such a hard time getting comfortable where I normally sleep so I got up last night and slept in the recliner in my bedroom instead of the living room. With the window wide open and a fan blowing on me, it got quite cool and I had the sudden realization that, away from heat of the living room and with the cooling down that has been coming at night, I can smell Fall coming, with Winter on its heels.


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