Beautiful, rain covered lilacs in Cambridge, MA. The smell of lilacs is so wonderful and specific. It reminds me of spring times of my childhood: adventures in the gardens and woods of the Van Vleck Estate where we lived in the carriage house for the first five years of my life; making Mother’s Day bouquets from flowers collected around our home property in Montclair, N.J.; playing with my sisters and neighborhood friends in the yard and driveway; and later, lacrosse games in high school.

Have you ever smelled a lilac? What memories does it evoke for you?





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