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Smelling Roses

I cut rose bushes today.

Not all roses smell good–some, in fact, smell terrible. There is one particular rose bush in my yard that does not smell very good at all, and since it was the last one I cut, my hands smell like it. But it isn’t revolting at all–though not pleasant, it is familiar and somewhat comforting.

I remember my brother once saying that he thought that roses smelled about the same as cut grass. And he isn’t too far off, really, because the pleasure I get from smelling roses comes from that raw, wonderful smell of just being outside.

What are good smells? Smells that aren’t artificial. Pure, simple smells of cut grass, rose bushes, and tomato vines.

Give me the smell of tomato vines over the most expensive perfume any day.

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