Updated: October 15, 2013 7:30PM
One night last week, I stepped out into the yard as Issy the Terrible made her last trip out into the grass. The night was cool and crisp and the air felt good.
There was one humorous moment when we both raised our noses to the sky and sniffed deeply. There was a subtle scent of wood smoke in the air.
Now I’m not sure the moment meant any more to Issy than a good smell.
For me, it was a jolting reminder that summer was coming to an end and autumn and winter would be approaching.
Summer is my favorite season so, although I love the fall, time passing made me somewhat sad that night. The thing I always miss most about summer is the smell of the earth, alive and growing. If you’re a gardener, you know what I mean. The smell is rich, warm and fertile.
The other thing I truly enjoy is seeing and talking to my neighbors out and about when Issy and I walk in the early, light-filled evenings. We’re a quiet neighborhood filled with lovely people and lots of dogs.
Last night we stopped to talk with Edith, who lives down the street. She said she liked dogs and fussed over Issy. They both were happy. Moments like those are what I miss in the winter when it’s dark and cold at night.
What will you miss most when summer passes?
Rachel Stephenson, Munster: I always miss being able to sit out on our back porch to watch the sun go down. My husband and I have used this as our end-of-the-day time to catch up and debrief for years. In the winter, it seems like too many other “inside” things fill up that time.
Tom Kennedy, Winfield: If you live in Indiana, the thing you have to miss most about summer is sweet corn and this year was exceptional. Boiled until tender then dipped in butter with a light sprinkling of salt! I’ve had what they call corn in other parts of the country but there’s nothing that compares to good old Indiana corn. That’s the best part of summer for me.
Dale McCoy, Crown Point: I think what I miss most in the off-season is watching baseball and playing in my softball league. No matter how old you are, you never forget your memories of being with your buddies and swinging at that ball under the lights on a warm summer night.
Suzanne Simmons, Hammond: I really miss gardening when summer’s over. We plant a large vegetable garden so there’s always a wonderful harvest throughout the fall but it’s sad to watch the plants wither and die as it gets colder. Like most gardeners, when the holidays pass, we’re already planning our crops for the coming season.
Harriet Cross, Schererville: I’ll miss the smells of summer: my roses, the warmth of the earth, mowed grass and even the kids. They always smell like a wonderful mixture of sun, sweat and whatever it is they last drank and spilled down the front of their shirt. There’s nothing like the smells of summer.