Smells are an integral part of our lives, aren’t they? Think about the smells we experience each day. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee; the scent of orange zest as you peel away the skin from the flesh. The smell of rain as the water pounds the earth; the bouquet of blossoms on newly-leaved trees.
Smell helps to form part of our memories too. Whenever I catch the whiff of Old Spice after shave, I think of my dad. I see in my mind’s eye his smile and hear his voice. I think back to the times we went out as a family while I was growing up. I think of family get-togethers, and the sense of fun many of these gatherings had. I remember laughter, eating, and plenty of dancing and singing.
Smells make us think of the not so good times as well. I remember the feeling of nausea certain smells would encourage when I was pregnant. Smells that meant nothing before the changes my body was experiencing. Walking past dumpsters do not always encourage pleasant memories. I remember a few years back when the city workers were on strike. The stench of refuse filled the air in many places. It was a hot summer and I could not wait for an agreement to be reached between the city and the workers’ union.
Yes, smells are an integral part of our lives. And right now the delicious smell of roast chicken is permeating the air. I think we will enjoy our dinner tonight!
What are your favourite smells? And what memories do they hold for you?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
(This post is linked to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt is: smell)