It’s all relative

Up on Long Island, when you walk outside into crisp, cold winter air and smell wood smoke, it’s a comforting smell. It means someone has a wood-burning fireplace and there’s a nice, cozy, warm fire blazing in their hearth. It’s a smell I associate with winter time and comfort.

Down here in southwest Florida, when you walk outside into crisp, chilly winter air and smell wood smoke, it’s either a wildfire or a controlled burn. At first, I get the cozy-comfort feeling, and then I remember where I am and start to worry.

I came in and turned on the news and found out that it’s a controlled burn. Whew.