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.🧠