The senses of summer

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What do you love about summer?  I love how it means the return of all sorts of welcome sights and sounds and smells and feels and flavors, all the things that make summer a very sweet season indeed.  Here they are, one sense at a time.

SIGHT

*Blue hydrangeas

*Roses … from my own garden:

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And from other gardens:

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*A big pile of library books on my desk (and the chance that I may actually have the time to read them)

HEARING

*Birdsong in the mornings  (usually I am rushing too much to notice it)

*The soundtrack to my kids’ favorite TV shows (including “Phineas and Ferb,” which — I must admit — I also find hilarious).

*The sound of neighbors through the open screens at night:  good sounds, like kids playing and people having backyard barbecues

SMELL

*The privet tree in my backyard, which unleashes my allergies but is still oddly comforting, reminding me of childhood

*The smoky delicious smell of a barbecue

*The scent of lavender blooming in my front yard

TOUCH

*The feel of cold water on hot skin

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*The soft breeze of a ceiling fan

*The cool loveliness of sheets on a hot night

TASTE

*Water infused with orange and mint (highly recommended)

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*Perfectly ripe strawberries

*Cannoli and champagne, our preferred way of celebrating the last day of school

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Now it’s your turn!  What would you add to the list?

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