1. You actually miss the cotton blizzards of July.
Though you had to take Claritin every hour of every day for what seemed like an eternity, the swirls of cotton from the Cottonwood trees floating around you made allergy season a little more whimsical. You’ve never sneezed in prettier conditions.
2. You miss the smell of green chile roasting in late summer.
As New Mexicans we defend our green chile as a lioness does her cub; we fold it into our identity each time we smother an enchilada, a cheeseburger, or breakfast burrito in Hatch chile. Do I have a frozen stash of roasted green chile? Of course! So for any New Mexican, this smell is emotionally powerful. For me, smelling it waft down from the parking lot of Smith’s every August reminds me that monsoon season and textbooks will be here soon.