Do you associate smells with certain memories? Because I really, really do, which is somewhat shocking to me, because I generally don't consider myself has having a particularly good memory. But a great smell, man, can just send me rushing back to my past. Some good ones off of the top of my head:
Chanel No. 5 -- My grandmother. Until the day I die.
Pipe smoke -- My grandfather. I hate smoking, but I love the smell of a pipe. LOVE.
Vanilla -- My mom. She used to bake a lot.
Old Spice -- My dad. Again, from my childhood. I don't think he wears it anymore.
Men's cologne in general -- Walking through the men's dorm on a Friday night. Occasionally, when I was at university, I would have dinner at the student centre, and the fastest way to get there from my women's dorm was through the ground floor of the men's dorm. I loved walking through there on Friday evenings because the halls were filled with the smell of men's cologne as they were getting ready for their dates, I presume. I loved the idea that they were taking extra care.
On Monday mornings, the dorm generally returned to smelling like a combination of sweaty socks and regret. So, you know, it was good while it lasted.
Sandy beaches -- Manzanilla, Mayaro, Trinidad.
Coconut -- summers in the United States. It reminds me of suntan oil.
It's because of this that when I find a scent I like, I tend to wear only that scent, every day, for years. I love the thought that as people come and go through my life, years from now, that scent will make them think of me. And I especially love the idea that my daughter will associate that scent with me when she's an adult.
Is that crazy?
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Because I've become intimidated by the thought of coming up with a new song every day for the rest of this month, I'm going to ask for some help (and hopefully avoid another Miley Cyrus debacle like yesterday): can you tell me your favourite song and artist in the comments below? I'll happily find and listen to all of them -- I'm always on the hunt for new, good music -- and the ones I love I'll happily feature here on Chookooloonks, with credit to you, of course, and a link to your site, if you have one.
Thanks, all. Have a great day.
Image: a fountain I passed yesterday while walking home from voting. Photographed with Nikon D300, 50mm manual lens.