Today's Wonder of the World is...Fresh Air!
Fresh air, how I've missed you!
We opened up the windows this weekend and let the breezes chase all the stale air out of the house. It was heavenly to hear the birds and smell the freshly cut grass, no matter if it did send Sam and me into sneezing fits! A family of crickets even moved in to keep Tanner entertained. Now I know exactly what I want to ask the Easter Bunny for-- screens for the front windows!
Our breezy weekend reminded me how much I've missed the feeling of living outside since we moved home from France. When it was warm enough, we kept the three sets of balcony doors wide open--sometimes even while we slept.
There were no gnats to pester us, no more than the occasional bee or fly on its way to a sunflower field. But if you're wondering about pests of a more dangerous kind, you must not know about my neighbor. Who needs gendarmes with Madame Mallet keeping watch?
When we moved back to South Carolina, we felt so convicted. Why keep an air conditioner humming the whole summer long? What were we? Wimps?
We promptly built a screened in porch on the back of our house and planned to live out there and use the rest of the house for storage. (Okay, so I exaggerate a little.)
But after the fourth day of temps in the nineties and 100% humidity, we wilted.
"Uncle!" we sobbed, crawling toward the air conditioner vents.
So yes we're wimps. We put in windows.
But at least we can keep them open!
We spent our days looking out those windows, taking in the blossoms, handkerchief in hand.
Tanner loved the fresh air too. He also enjoyed giving each of our herbs a chew.
I'm afraid it did nothing for his doggy breath.
What is your favorite fresh air scent?
The smell right before it rains?
Flickr photo by deepintheforestcat
The smell of fresh sheets dried in the sun?
Flickr photo by Professor Bop
I still wish I had a clothesline.
Do you like the smell of freshly mowed grass?
Flickr photo by Accretion Point
Or do you prefer a woodsy smell, the sweet scent of decaying leaves?
Flickr photo by Kirsten M Lentoft
Don't you think every child should get to play in the fresh air?
I just found out about The Fresh Air Fund and I'm IN LOVE with the whole idea. It's a nonprofit agency that enables more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities to get out of the city and enjoy a couple weeks of summer vacation out in the country. The kids either go to one of the five Fresh Air Fund camps or they stay with host families in the northeast. They've been doing it since 1877!
Watch this fun video and see what you think.
What's your favorite fresh air scent?
Tanner says enjoy the fresh air, wherever you are!
Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all!