Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday Ponderings: The Imprint Of A Smell

Hello there...I hope you've all had a great weekend...it was a fun weekend through and through for me...it was my nephew's birthday and I got to spend a lot of time with him...It has been a weekend of retrospection too as I got some time for myself...and I baited out one of those thoughts running in my mind which I decided to post as the question for the day...so, here's my question for you this week....

Do you relate smells or scents to certain feelings or memories? Does that sudden whiff of some smell take you back to a certain period of time, a certain incident that made you happy or a bit sad or a certain emotion that fills your mind? Do you have a favorite smell, something that gets you relaxed and blissful in an instant?

For me, there are different scents that fill me with memories...the scent of coffee reminds me of a certain cousin of mine who's a coffee junkie while invigorating me at the same time. The smell of vanilla reminds me of my mom's custard pudding, and her favorite perfume. The smell of oranges make me thirsty for a tall glass of orange juice with ice while the smell of freshly baked bread makes me hungry...The smell of first rain brings out the pining lover in me and the smell of a rose reminds me of my husband's first gift. The smell of incense makes me peaceful and the smell of a fresh book reminds me of school days...

Well...before I go on and on, let me stop and get myself ready to hear your answers to the question....and is that the smell of coffee the breeze has brought me...I think I need one right now...

Waiting to hear from you...

Until then....signing off...

Me

21 comments:

  1. Yep. Smell brings back more memories for me (good and bad) than any other sense.

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  2. Smells always bring me some sort of satisfaction.

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  3. Oh that smell of coffee that's fresh brewed. I want a cup now too!

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  4. Yes, the beach or being down at a pier or jetty reminds me of childhood - being with my family, going on my Dad's little boat. Actually, the smell of tomato plants remind me of childhood too.
    Coffee reminds me of one of my best friends and watching General Hospital with her after our classes at college.
    I love smells.

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  5. the smell of chocolate, freshly cut grass, and roses...yum.

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  6. errmm.. I am odor-blind. so... no-can-do. you sure paint a fragrant pic with your words :)
    I can smell few smells, but I can never commit them to memory, which is both good and bad.

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  7. The smell of cheese takes me back to the days in my dad's country store where he sold cheese by the pound & always had a huge round block of cheese he would slice from. Wood burning makes me think of the fridays dad would cook a pig using wood coals & then would hand chop all the BBQ. Those are mine Cat.

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  8. Yes indeed, smells do take me back to times and places from my fast even quicker then hearing certain music.

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  9. Yep...my paternal grandmother cooked on a wood stove until the day she died. The smell walking into their house for some reason always made me feel safe.

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  10. yep there are certain smells that trigger certain memeories or feelings for me

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  11. hmmm... the smell of pipe tobacco (before it's been lit) remind me of dear uncles who have long since passed. fresh baked bread... freshly brewed coffee... the smell of fish frying on the banks of the river.

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  12. The smell of a brand new, clean classroom reminds me of school when I was little, which I love, which is why I want to be a teacher so badly.

    The smell of old books reminds me of my favorite book store at home that my friend and I used to spend a lot of time in.

    The smell of cookies baking will always remind me of my mom.

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  13. I love the smell of anything from the ocean, as it always take me there and help me remember how expansive and vast something can be. Great post. :)

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  14. I have read that a lot of people have memories snap into their mind at a certain smell. I have never had that happen. But, I am soothed by the smell of the ocean (but only when accompanied with the sight and sound also). I guess some of us are more into aromas (I don't even like perfume).
    kt

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  15. Oh absolutely! When I was at university, I used to pop into the perfume shop and spray Chanel Mademoiselle all over me. I was 3.5 hours away from my Mum, and missed her terribly. I came out of the shop absolutely stinking of her! It made me miss her less for a while. :)

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  16. Yes even I have lots of memories associated with smell. The smell of a certain deo reminds me of a guy friend. The smell of new rain makes me to look forward to better days.

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  17. Belated Happy Birthday to your nephew.

    Oh, I think smells can be extremely evocative.

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  18. There isn't a particular smell that reminds me of anything in particular, but some foods do. For example, foods that reminds me of my grandparents are butterscotch candies and apricot juice.

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  19. Yes! I love when they remind you of a certain place and time. We got some weird, off-brand coffee the other day and the instant I tasted it, it took me back to Belize. It had that exact silty bitter and weak taste. And, while I don't necessarily love the taste, I'll keep drinking it just because it makes me happy.

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  20. So many aromas and so many memories associated with them....thank you everyone, for sharing your stories with me.

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  21. Smells and music are the 2 things that always bring back memories for me. The smell of moth balls remind me of playing in my great grandmother's attic when I was a kid. The scent of freshly cut grass also reminds me of my childhood. I used to live next door to a little league baseball field. Nice post...
    xo
    Mindy

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