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MILL CREEK STORIES
point of wearing it.
After the watermelon feast came the hunt for fireflies.
Everyone got a mason jar which we hurried to fill, the
golden glow bringing magic to a darkening yard. I'm not
sure that parents today would hand a glass jar to their kids
and direct them to run around in the waning twilight, but
using unbreakable Tupperware seems the wrong choice,
too. So the aroma of watermelon is forever associated with
running through the grass, barefoot, sticky with melon
pulp, and delighted to be in a cloud of fireflies.
Smoke. Oh, the tang of meat submitting to the grilling or smoking process is a ticket to ride back to my early
teens. Church fundraisers consisted of chicken grilling
next to ears of sweet corn, all slathered with someone's
special secret recipe sauce. Stands were set up at stop signs
so everyone driving by would smell hot chicken and buy
bags of food. It was an efficient way to raise money, since
absolutely no one could resist. Most cars were not air conditioned when I was growing up and
the chicken sold itself, barbecue sauce
beckoning through open windows better than any Madison Avenue advertising. If you still had chicken for sale by

1 p.m., you were doing something wrong, wrong, wrong.
Unusually hot, humid summers meant that a hog or
two succumbed to the heat despite all precautions, and
impromptu pig pickings would occur. Once the dearly departed pig had spent the night smoking in a pit, the call
would go out to bring side dishes and show up at somebody's farm. Seventy or so people would descend and turn
old doors thrown on top of bales of hay into a buffet table
worthy of the gods. Sweet smoke. I am 13 and sitting on
the grass under a catalpa tree with a paper plate full of
porky goodness and potato salad.
Honestly, I am grateful for this ability to teleport to
my younger days via my nose. It's my only body part
that remembers my youth. My knees keep trying to convince me that I'm 100, and my ears are entrenched in
the kingdom of "what?" But to be carefree and full of
summertime joy, all I need do is stick my nose in a lilac
bush. It's magic.

Do you ever catch a whiff of something

and suddenly, you're 10 years old again?

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