It cooled down substantially on Saturday night after a storm rolled through, and yesterday was delightful — bright and sunny yet brisk, with that first hint of the distinctive autumnal smell in the air that combines wood fires and spicy turning leaves and the blooming fragrance of late-summer flowers.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m as much a fan of air-conditioning during summer and central heating during winter as anyone. But when spring and fall arrive in central Ohio, I relish the open windows seasons, when you can roll up those closed panes of glass, feel the inward rush of cool air freshening and washing through the interior of the house, and hear the faint susurrus of car doors closing, dogs barking, passersby talking, and children calling from the streets below.
We spend so much of our time penned up inside buildings and houses and cars. It is delight to let the outside world inside, now and then, and enjoy the cool of the evening.