Today is the unofficial start of summer. It’s a day for remembering and for many, a day to barbecue. Summer carries with it its own distinct, wonderful smells. There’s nothing better for me than to smell a steak cooking on a charcoal grill, unless its fresh cut watermelon.  It’s heavenly. Every year I anticipate my first piece of sweet tasting, juicy watermelon of the season.

I like peaches as much as watermelon. I like a juicy, flavorful peach whose juices run when you bite into it. That’s a good peach. I anticipate my first peach much like some anticipate their first kiss. Only some peaches, like some kisses, are dry as sand; a bitter disappointment. Some peaches, like some kisses, are wet and sloppy, and lacking in flavor. Not worth the wait. And some peaches, like some kisses, awaken your taste buds to a celebration going on.  It’s just right.

So, this summer, enjoy the smells of your barbecued steak, freshly cut grass, the ocean on your skin and may all your peaches and kisses be worth the wait.


Jonathan Swift
This is every cook’s opinion –
no savory dish without an onion,
but lest your kissing should be spoiled
your onions must be fully boiled.

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