THE POWER OF SMELL
The windows were open during the night and I caught the scent of petunias. One of my favorite scents. I will always think of summer fun when I smell petunias. It reminded me that the sense of smell is know for its ability to trigger memories.
Like the smell of raspberries for me which takes me back to my grandparents’ acreage in the heart of Okanagan country in British Columbia.
On that little bit of land there were fruit trees (amazing abundance to a little prairie girl) and a walnut tree. There were berry bushes as well and all summer Granny’s house smelled like fresh picked berries. Each year she blessed us with jars of canned berries to brighten our winter meals. Yummy.
Some of my favorite scents:
1. wild clover in my lawn. Yes, I know it says all sorts of things about how we take care of the lawn but I like the smell.
2. Night stocks.
3. Barbecued steak.
4. Baby powder.
5. Chlorine of swimming pools. I am filled with happy thoughts of children splashing when I catch a whiff of that scent.
6. Laundry dried outdoors.
7. A fire for roasting marshmallows.
8. Canola fields in bloom (before the rotten smell stage).
10. My Mayday tree in blossom.
What are your favorite scents? What memories do they trigger?
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