I Smell Smoke

United States
November 15, 2016 10:13am CST
I have the doors open and someone is burning leaves. It smells so good, like my childhood. We had the largest lawn on the block lined with 6 trees that turned golden in Autumn. Ours was the yard to play in for jumping in huge piles of leaves, making leaf houses and for burning them. We didn't have sidewalks, so in late Fall we would rake the leaves into the curved gutter in small piles. It was always a Sunday project when my dad was off and children home to help manage the fires. We learned and relearned fire safety every year. The other day I brought Mom home and the house was filled with smoke. The back door had been left open and it was a very windy day. The neighbor behind her was illegally burning leaves that were now smoldering and huge clouds of smoke were wafting into her house. My sister peeked over the fence to see that the fire was in embers and no one watching it. We all clucked, clucked over the lack of care the neighbor took but secretly enjoyed the scent of the leaves burning. So, saying all that, I suspect the same neighbor is at it again. It's windy,sunny, cool and I think all the other neighbors are law abiding citizens. I know for certain one who isn't.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Nov 16
I love the smell of burning leaves. Glad nothing else caught fire that day.
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@stbrians (15893)
• Kakamega, Kenya
15 Nov 16
True
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• United States
16 Nov 16
I am too,
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@stbrians (15893)
• Kakamega, Kenya
15 Nov 16
Memories are made of that.
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• United States
15 Nov 16
Yes, certainly nice ones.
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@stbrians (15893)
• Kakamega, Kenya
15 Nov 16
@Jeanniemaries It is good. Thank you for being my friend
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@LadyDuck (176001)
• Switzerland
15 Nov 16
This is the reason why people are not allowed to burn leaves here, smoke and pollution.
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• United States
16 Nov 16
Not allowed here either. It was legal though back when I was a kid.
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@LadyDuck (176001)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
@Jeanniemaries I think that in Italy is still legal, when we go to Milan to visit my mother it happens that I see people burning leaves in their garden. Well, this does not mean that it's legal, I know that Italians do not really care.
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• United States
19 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I really had no idea there were such strong feelings on this subject!
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@JudyEv (134920)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov 16
Some people have no idea about the danger of a fire that gets away and they can get away at the drop of a hat. But the smell of the leaves would be nice.
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• United States
16 Nov 16
That's why we always had small fires burning in the gutters back then in the fifties, it was easier to manage.
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@JudyEv (134920)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov 16
@Jeanniemaries We do that too. Spread out the little heaps rather than have one big fire.
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• United States
19 Nov 16
@JudyEv It was always a good plan. We never had any issues.
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• New Delhi, India
20 Nov 16
Is burning leaves publicly allowed at your place?
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• United States
20 Nov 16
No. They were breaking the law.
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• New Delhi, India
20 Nov 16
@Jeanniemaries that is what I was thinking
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@RitzzView (2758)
• India
16 Nov 16
I liked the writing style. So true that some present scenes let's our mind run at our past.. And those past experiences which are beautiful... They are worth the visit. Nice to know about your memories Jean Marie!
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• United States
19 Nov 16
Thanks! It was a fun trip for me down memory lane.
@RitzzView (2758)
• India
23 Nov 16
@Jeanniemaries Yes..indeed it was!
@TiffanyP (226)
16 Nov 16
Sounds like you are in touch with nature. I wonder why your neighbor is burning leaves.
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• United States
19 Nov 16
Really, there is no need. People can use them for mulch or compost them.
• United States
16 Nov 16
i used to love the smell 'f smoke myself, but 'fter some close calls due to folks out here's negligence, such now sends me'n t state 'f panic. i hope that those embers were properly put out. the last fire that nearly got's 'pparently smoldered fer 4 days 'fore 't set a blaze headin' my direction with high winds. thankfully i'd already laid out hose the day they actually burned 'n t'were tended such. 't scorched nearly 20 acres 'fore we got't put out.
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• United States
16 Nov 16
Yes, they weren't watching it, but we were.
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@FayeHazel (19863)
• United States
15 Nov 16
I like the campfire smell too
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• United States
16 Nov 16
Yes, but no matter where I sit the smoke goes in my face.
@amadeo (73112)
• United States
15 Nov 16
we cannot burn unless we have a permit from the Fire station
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• United States
16 Nov 16
They may have had a permit, but they didn't put it out before they left.
@owlwings (39751)
• Cambridge, England
15 Nov 16
I believe that it's now illegal here to burn leaves and garden rubbish, even in the countryside (certainly in towns). When I was young, everyone had bonfires and I loved the smell of them ... and making and tending them (I think that I'm a closet pyromaniac).
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• United States
16 Nov 16
As a child we were taught fire safety and practiced it.
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@Corbin5 (115891)
• United States
15 Nov 16
I am surprised the leaf-burner has not had a visit from the authorities. No leaf-burning allowed her either. I am thankful for that.
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• United States
16 Nov 16
I was thinking that with all that smoke the fire department might have come to investigate but they didn't
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