The way it smells

10 May

Working at a middle school right after it rains is something that brings me back to my childhood.  Not that I liked middle school.  At. All.  But middle schoolers have a weird smell about them and when that mixes with wet dirt, it’s a pretty universal smell, that I am certain will trigger the olfactory memory of anyone that smells it.  It’s a mixed smell of childhood and adulthood.  Boys and girls that have yet to discover the proper usage and application of antiperspirant, lotions, hairsprays, perfumes, and cologne.  Mixed with #2 sawdust.  And stinky feet.  And attitude.  Some of them are bigger than I am and some of them are smaller than my eight-year-old.  They are all insane, and pretty much all unsure of themselves.  And a lot of them, when it rains, kinda smell like wet dogs.

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