The smell of spring, free A/C makes for a wonderful time of year

By John Toth
The Bulletin

Yeah. I’m talking about spring – wonderful spring. When I can step outside in my back yard to let the dogs out and take in all this wonderful free air conditioning.

All free – in the upper 60s or low 70s, just covering everything. No compressor sound anywhere. If you have an air conditioner running when it’s in the 60s outside, there is something wrong.

It’s all part of my favorite time of the year, and not only because my electric bill is in the double digits. That’s a big part of it, though.

I walk the dogs in the park and take in the smell of magnolia blossoms all around me. I can’t get enough of it. I can burn a magnolia scented candle, but it’s not the same. So, I’m sitting on a park bench, giving the dogs some bottled water, and enjoying all this wonderful magnolia smell.

My wife, Sharon, does not get this carried away. She spends a lot of time indoors trying to breathe because she is allergic to just about everything that grows.

I can’t feel her pain. Being 100 percent Hungarian, I don’t have to worry about stuff like that.
Hungarians (I’m talking in general, because there always will be some exceptions, like some Hungarian with allergies) tend not to be bothered by polen.

When my grandmother was alive in Budapest I used to spend weekends with her and play in her never-ending garden. It actually ended, but in the eyes of a kid, it seemed really big.

Those days always look better being romanticized decades later. They probably weren’t all that good, but luckily I forgot all the boring stuff. It happened a long time ago.

When I drive and see mowing crews along the side of the road, I roll my windows down and take in all that fresh cut grass smell. I can’t do that when Sharon is in the car unless she has her inhaler.

My dogs love spring. Actually, they love the summer too, provided I have the A/C on. But in the spring, we can walk around the park several times and they just take it in, althought always on the alert for squirrels.

Show me a dog that does not want to chase squirrels and I’ll show you a dog that needs medical attention. Mine can’t chase because I got them on a leash.

But, they can still enjoy the smells of spring. While I smell the magnolia blossoms, they smell … something else.

Spring should be forever, but it ends way too soon. And then it’s sweltering summer time until October.
Pollen count? I don’t know what it is. I never check. Is that important?