It’s funny how a scent can awaken memories.
Although it is not officially Fall on the calendar, the Northwoods is awash with colorful leaves that brighten up the cool days and even cooler evenings.
As my woodburner is coming out of hibernation, the smells of the wood burning mix with the aroma of the bread that has just come out of the oven. These same smells are what I first experienced when I came up to the Rez for the first time many years ago. There may not have been bread involved, but I certainly remember the smell from the fire at the gathering that we went to.
I remember the people I met, not knowing that they would become good friends over the years. There were greetings spoken in a different language that is now second nature to me. The foods that were served that seemed so foreign at the time are now mouthwatering dishes that we look forward to eating.
But it’s that smell of wood burning that is the strongest memory of all. It seems to tie everything from the past together.
Enjoy the smells of Fall, my friends and see what memories they bring forth for you!