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You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy

I've said many times that I grew up in rural (VERY rural) northern New Hampshire. But I haven't said that for the last 15 years, I've lived in cities. I prefer the cities. I like the services and conveniences of urban life (at least, "urban" by New Hampshire standards), and I think I would rather move to Massachusetts than move back to East Bum, Cow Hampshire.

That being said, there are certain things about the country life that I do miss. And last week I was reminded of one of them.

I was out for a drive, and I went past a freshly-mown field. The scent of fresh-cut grass overwhelmed me, and I very nearly pulled over in euphoria.

Then, a couple minutes later, I came upon a road project -- replete with the stench of freshly-laid asphalt. I wanted to gag.

My heart and soul belong to the city, but my nose is still up north. And I think I'd rather smell fresh cow crap than hot tar.

Comments (4)

Funny... the smell of hot t... (Below threshold)

Funny... the smell of hot tar actually makes me smile.
Every summer, Dad would re-tar or patch the driveway. He'd humor me and let me "help" a little. That smell just brings backs fond memories of summertime as a child. Funny how that is.
The smell of fresh cut grass brings back the same kind of summertime memories - except it always makes me crave a beer. Reminds me of sitting on the back steps with Dad after he'd just finsihed the lawn and sneaking a little of his Coors.

Fresh mown grass mingled wi... (Below threshold)

Fresh mown grass mingled with gasoline fumes--now that's nostalgia.

I love the smell of hot tar... (Below threshold)

I love the smell of hot tar in the morning...it smells like victory. (Sorry, Francis Ford Coppola

Jay, I live out in a rura... (Below threshold)
mark m:

Jay, I live out in a rural area of Michigan, BUT, I prefer wake up in the morning and hear...nothing. I am a rural lad that can't stand the city life. I would rather drive 40 minutes to the store(s) than to see the parking lot lights lighting up the sky at night....and don't get me started about traffic.

Thank god i'm a country boy.






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