Olfactory Memory

Me and My Nose

I have a great nose. It can smell anything. It smells things others cannot.This is not always a good thing. We were driving in the country last weekend and a skunk must have just gotten “black tire disease”. It smelled so bad I was cursing my nose. My friend could not smell it at all.One time I was in a perfume factory in Nice with my mother. They were showing us the beautiful basement area where they kept the dried flowers. I love lavender. But that day…the smell to only me was so overwhelming I had to run outside before I got sick.I believe as we get older the olfactory sense is heightened because it is more readily associated with memories.Yesterday I purposely took a sniff of liquid Ivory for the washing machine, when I was 8n the drug store. Flooding back came the memories of all my babies. I only washed their clothes in that detergent. My mother washed my youngest brothers clothes in that soap too. The smell reminds me of him as a baby. We are 5 years apart.

Tea tree oil. The spring there was lice at the kids school.They all had it. Horrible times. I do not like the smell anymore and I used to love it.

Sandlewood. I was 15 and it was the scent of my summer. Any time I smell it I am right back there. It’s a good feeling.

Fresh cut grass. I love the smell so much. Still do. Reminds me of summers when we were kids. Freedom. Hide and seek and jumpsies. Then I read my children a book one summer that the smell the grass makes when it gets cut is the grass screaming because it’s getting cut.??? We all remember that story. I still love the smell. Sorry grass.

Fire pit. Omg so many amazing memories I cannot list them all but camping and canoeing with my then boyfriend, now husband, are at the top of the list. Summers as a10 year old at the lodge or a friends campground. Must be one of my favorite smells.

Dementia: if I ever get it, please let me smell things so I can be transported to another place and time. Use cinnamon, curry, beer, wine, roasted chestnuts please.💜

Gardenia. I had a very mild perfume a long time ago. Give me a gardenia tree anytime.I think I will save some more sensory stories for another time.Suffice to say, I love my nose and the the way it can transport me.🧠


My life has made me grateful for the little things. My work is my passion. I have worked with Seniors for 30 years. I have seen the way we view aging. There are changes coming. In our attitude and our self discovery. Aging is an awesome time of inner growth and development of who we are. We become who we were always meant to be. I love it!

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