Sunny Overcast

Isn't it funny how you seeing something can connect you to another time in your life?

Sometimes when I drive this happens, especially if there's an overcast sky. I remember as a kid, when my mom was sick with cancer and my sister and I would visit with my cousin upstate. We'd go to a pool and it would be a wonderful sunny day.

There were times when it wasn't sunny. Where by the time we were leaving (and we were probably leaving because of the change in the weather, but as a kid you don't realize these things) we'd run to the minivan and the outside air would feel different.


The atmosphere smelled different, too. These days it's what some call ozone. But back then it meant lots of rain was about to pour down. 

And possibly even a fascinating thunder storm.

I loved 'em.

We'd get into the vehicle and drive off, sitting on towels, or feeling numb from sunburn brought on by playing in water all day. We'd were carted off to a restaurant, or to the movies. And the air conditioner of the vehicle felt so strange, and alluring. Soothing even. 

The smells and chill screwed me into the moment and made a lasting memory to this day.

Olfactory sensation. 

Maybe the smell of picking up a pizza after this and the smells that melded together added to that memory.

Those were magical times. I never really had a childhood after about 11 years old. My mom passed when I was young, like 13, and there were other events that added to the horror that shaped most of my teen years.

It shaped my thoughts and writing, that's for sure.

There still were the good times, like those overcast days. Which also reminded me of something. Because even though things perceived to be bad are looming overhead, there is always a good moment to be had, to remind you of the good times.

You have to realize it. Know when it's there.

Sometimes life can seem long and boring, but when you're looking out from your deathbed it can seem extremely short. 

Don't pass up the opportunity to experience it, and don't let fear hold you back. 

Let me know what you think in the comments section below or on Twitter @WCMarchese.

Hope to see you there. 



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