It’s a legitimate thing. There’s even a word for it.
And a scientific explanation. Apparently, an aerosol-like reaction happens at the molecular level when the ground’s stored nutrients and water interact.
Petrichor (petrī kôr) : the clean, greenish smell when rain lands on dry ground.
So there it is, your gift for the day.
- use it in a sentence when you write. Literal: When affronted by petrichor when she first woke, Abigail was relieved that watering her garden would not be on today’s list of chores. Metaphorical: Callie’s tears were like petrichor; that cry cleansed her, and now the air was rich with the aroma of new-start and change.
- use the word in your speech because using beautiful, interesting words helps us all
- contemplate the fact that water and earth are elemental, creative, sensual