Thursday, July 8, 2010
Leann Harris here. My favorite thing about summer is not vacation or the long days or the brutal heat. What I love is the fruit. If it's a summer fruit, I'm there. Peaches are my favorite. Now, I'm not talking about those rocks you get in the store. No I'm talking about the peaches you buy on the back roads from farm stands. Several years ago, my son and I went to San Antonio for a convention. On the drive back home, we took a state highway out of Fredericksburg. Wonderful peach stands dotted the road. We stopped and bought some.
The smell of a ripe peach is amazing. The first contemporary book I wrote was set among the peach orchards in North Texas. The heroine couldn't smell fresh peaches without thinking of her high school sweetheart. They used to escape out into the orchard and kiss. I am told one of our most basic senses is the sense of smell. When I think of childhood memories, the thing that stands out is the smell attached to those memories.
So here's to peaches, cherries, watermelons, nectarines.
What is your favorite summer fruit?