During the past several weeks, I’ve commented upon the vibrancy and reassertion of nature in my urban neighborhood amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most of my thoughts are drawn from my observations in my own backyard. Being largely home-bound like most of the country, my world has dramatically shrunk. That is not necessarily an unwelcome change.
Standing on my deck on an early morning several days ago, I found the surrounding smells evoking distant places and memories. The scent of damp wood reminded me of the boardwalk and the beach at dawn. When I breathed in the layered smells of wet earth and plants, I saw the wooded trail alongside the Allegheny River in my hometown.
I don’t think that I would have noticed those scents before our world and lives slowed down. I hope that I will still notice them when we awake from our hibernation.