I have a superhero sense of smell. I don’t know why I was given this gift. It started when I was pregnant and 14 years later, it’s still a thing. It’s both a blessing and a curse. Perhaps it is a primal skill that somehow keeps me safe from danger. Perhaps it is a writer’s skill designed to give me details. Or, most likely, it is simply the only sense that has actually improved in my middle age, whereas my sight and hearing seem to already be on the wane.
It is what it is. I’ve made peace with it. I’ve decided to use it, for whatever it’s worth. When I meet someone, I smell them. I try to be subtle…I hope no one ever notices me smelling them because that might be a lil weird. I feel like a person’s smell is part of getting to know them. Most people smell like perfume/cologne, shampoo, and soap. That’s the good news.
After work, my husband smells like airplane exhaust. It’s very manly and I love it.
When I smell fresh green beans cooking, I think of my mother.
When I smell freshly mowed grass, I think of my father.
At one time, whenever I smelled Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew perfume, with the gold bow elastics that my cousin and I wore in our hair, I thought of my grandmother.
I love the smells of cooking. After many years of cooking, I can smell when things are done in the oven.
I smell rain coming.
I love the smell of a gym, from when I played years of basketball. It may be a lot of sweat and socks and shoes, but to me, it’s hard work, friends, and pure joy.
When people have no smell, it really throws me off. A lot of people don’t have a smell and I guess that’s actually a good thing, but I like for people to smell like shampoo, or the restaurant they ate lunch at, or something.
What does your life smell like?
June 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm
We are KINDRED SPIRITS … or perhaps KINDRED NOSES! Hubby laughs at me because I even unconsciously, routinely, smell things that I know what they smell like … i.e. deodorant .. before I put it on. Why? I really don’t know. Unlike most of Estee Lauder’s fragrances which I love, Youth Dew doesn’t have a thumbs up rating for me. It actually makes me a little sick. A former roommate used to bathe in the stuff and I can’t even stand to THINK about the smell. I smell rain coming, too. 🙂 One of my favorite cooking smells is garlic, peppers and onion. Add anything to that, and it’s a hit.
June 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm
Haha Connie, that is so funny about the perfume! I hate it when people put too much perfume or cologne on…it’s awful for those of us with super noses. Yes to that cooking smell…nothing is better, but maybe bacon!
June 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm
This provokes all kinds of thoughts for me! Juicy Fruit gum & cigars were always in my grandfather’s pocket. Love to think of that! Baby’s sweet little soft heads have the best smell in the world. Roast beef smells like Sunday. Crayons smell like the first day of school. But the best thing is that the people you love have a scent that is uniquely their own. We really haven’t evolved that much in that regard. I enjoyed this post!
June 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm
Yes to all! Oooh and Play Doh! Women must have a stronger sense of smell than men. That is not scientific at all but in my personal experience, women have that skill down.
October 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm
My life mostly smells like a myriad of Bath & Bodyworks fragrances, Oceanside in the bathroom, Pumpkin cupcakes in the kitchen & Tiki beach in my car. Most of my favorite lotions are their tropical scents. I love the unique complements I get such as “you smell like a vacation”, “let’s just add some rum to this girl!” & “I knew it was you before I even turned around”. I love surrounding myself with tantalizing scents, and I admit to smelling people also. I had an ex who smelled like wood (he was a cabinet maker), and I so loved that about him! My favorite food scents are cinnamon, vanilla and brownies baking. I’ve always thought it’s too bad we don’t get as much satisfaction from smelling as we do from tasting food!
October 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm
I’m a big believer in aromatherapy. I also have started getting into essential oils and with my asthma, the Breathe blend is amazing. I have used their suggestion about putting a cotton ball soaked in the blend inside your car air vent…it’s a homemade air freshener! And they say you eat with your eyes first, but you definitely eat with your nose second, but sometimes first!! Brownies take the cake (!) on food smells for me. In fact, they are in the oven right now! Thanks for reading and for commenting.