Scents have the power to take us all kinds of places. What smell takes you somewhere else? Where'd you go?
I thought about this prompt all day, but the only thing I could think of was the smell of my junior high—with it’s funky smell of industrial glue, aerosol hair spray, and Exhiliration! perfume. Ugh. I so don’t want to be “taken back” to that particular place, or to those gawky, angsty years, especially via smells. So, instead, here’s a list of smells I appreciate:
Newborn babies—one of my favorite things about having teeny babies was cuddling with them and sniffing the tops of their heads or backs of their necks, taking in that distinct new baby smell. That’s heaven, right here.
Rain—I love rain and overcast days. While most of the people around me pine for sun and warmth, I feel so alive and energized in cloudy weather. Also, it really brings out the red in my hair. But, back to the smell of rain—it’s the smell of promise and growth to me, whether it’s wet earth or wet pavement.
Parrots—I love the subtle, sweet, dusty-grain smell particular to psittascines. I kept budgies as pets growing up and would spend hours in my room playing with and talking to them, or watching them play on top of their cage and fly around the room. I don’t own budgies now, but I do have a cockatiel.
Used bookstores—that mix of old paper, ink, binding glue, leather, and old building is just magical. I am lucky enough to experience that smell in my own home, since we converted a bedroom to a “library” to house a good portion of the books and homeschool curricula we own. Every time I walk into our home library, I feel like I’ve stepped into a sacred place.
Clean laundry—I suppose, like rain and newborn babies, this smell is kind of a cliche to like—but whatever. I do a LOT of laundry with seven people in my household. Also, I workout a lot, as does my husband---so there is plenty of dirty laundry to deal with. I like doing laundry because it’s a chore that is easy and offers immediate satisfaction—wash, fold, put away, and DONE. Unlike the kitchen, which is so much in use all the time that the cleaning NEVER feels done.
Endust and Pine-Sol—my mom was quite a neat freak and we “white gloved” the house twice a week. My responsibilities included dusting and vacuuming, and cleaning the bathrooms. Even today, my house just doesn’t FEEL clean without those products.
Ground beef and onion being fried—it just smells like the promise of a hearty meal, and it usually is---it’s the base of a lot of what I cook at home—chili, tacos, enchiladas, spaghetti sauce…great, now I’m hungry!