Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Scent of High School

Ah, Nostalgia. Sometimes you're just too much for little ole' me.

Now that my mom has finally thrown in the towel and started her retirement, she's hard at work cleaning out her house. So, naturally, every time she comes to visit us lately, she drops off a bag of "stuff" from my childhood bedroom.

In these bags, I've found tons of punk rock ticket stubs and a few treasures I'll never be able to toss- my teeny bop diaries included! Let's not even get into the embarrassment I experienced re-reading these old stories, scribbled in orange gel pen. SO cheesy! But let's save that for a different day.

How strange it is to fall back into the tales of my younger life, to remember all the drama, love and hilarity of the days of yore.
Well looky what we have here!
And even more strange, is to SMELL them! Tucked inside one of the bags, I found my old incense and burners. Still good after 15 years? Only one way to find out...

With a sinuous grin, I grabbed an old incense cone and lit 'er up. And as soon as the aroma hit the air...I kind of freaked out. 
Oh how I remembered...
It was like I was there again- back in my childhood bedroom, surrounded by my buddies. Bob Marley would be crooning in the background while we sat around, drawing on my headboard, telling stupid stories and checking our beepers for pages from our boyfriends that we'd totally ignore. Because we were just too cool, you know?
Isn't it amazing how one sensory trigger can flood your mind with memories? Man, it really took me back. 

So many scents remind me of particular times- Love's Baby Soft perfume, nag champa, Little Tree car air fresheners, Versace cologne, baby oil and Old Spice. What they do to me...

Helen Keller said, "Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived." She was right. 

What scents trigger your memories of yesteryear? Isn't it wild to remember?
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours


Cfitzgerald0717 said...

Great post. I actually read an article years ago that said that you should wear a new perfume on your wedding day. This way every time you wear it thereafter, you will be reminded of your wedding day. Scent is very powerful.

Unknown said...

I LOVE that idea! I can't tell you how freaked out I was by how affected I became from the scent of this incense. Wacky!

Noelle said...

Baby mom would take a bath every night and put it on after. I remember that from my earliest memory!
Pipe dad sometimes smoked a pipe when we were little and that smell weaving its way through the air reminds me of being young.
and lastly...
The smell of hay in the sun...When i was 5 or 6 we lived in the country and i would just go in the back field, in the tall grass and lay there in the sun. It made me feel so safe! I was hidden in my own little world...i loved those days:)
Thanks for triggering the memory!!

Unknown said...

LOVE this response- so descriptive. Maybe YOU should be bloggin'! ;)

Unknown said...

Love it! Baby powder and pipe smoke...ahh, the good old days!