It was late at night and the road seemed to go on forever. We'd been driving for more than 2 days. The road before us seemed like an endless winding snake that just grew longer and longer. For a little girl just 7 years old, driving with my family in the old station-wagon was an adventure I relished, but after the first day of being stuck in a car, the adventure began to dwindle, anticipation at seeing my Grandpa and Grandma Cryer created a sense of urgency in my little heart.
I had just begun to doze off, when something caught my attention. A familiar damp musty smell began creeping in. It instantly brought back a flood of memories of being with my grandparents. I knew we were getting close to their home.
I grew up in the desert where the air is dry, but my grandparents lived in the southern part of the United States, where the air hung damp and musty. I loved that smell, because it was connected to 2 people dear to my heart.
My grandparents have long since passed away. I'll probably never go back, but the smells from the past are a part of who I am.
I have a scarf kept in a special place in my bedroom closet. The scarf that was my mothers. Whenever I get to missing her I can pull it out and smell her fragrance. Memories of being home and surrounded by the love of my mother bring tears and laughter!
The smell of wet sidewalks remind me how precious rain is in the desert!
Johnson's Baby lotion brings back thoughts of soft, newborn babies!
Homemade bread baking in the oven has a smell that speaks of safety and security...if there's bread in the oven, then there is food for my family!
Our 5 senses are closely connected to each other. For me, the sense of smell is so closely connected to my heart and the memories of days gone by. The past can become so vivid just by a passing, momentary scent!
Are there certain smells that pull memories from your heart?