Friday, August 27, 2010

The Power Of A Scent

I read somewhere that our smelling sense is the strongest of our five senses. (did you know, in women, the sense of olfaction {smell} is strongest around the time of ovulation? I totally believe that!).

Have you ever smelled something and it reminded you of someone? Not talking about when someone is wearing a cologne that is familiar. I am talking that, "oh my gosh, this smell reminds me of Grandpa! ~when the smell is actually of a tack room.

When my father's parents passed my sister & I inherited their dining set. While it resided in my home, and later at Julie's home, it brought us great joy to open the cabinet door and inhale Mamaw's house.

I always thought as I would grow older, my sense of olfaction would dull. But, instead, it seems to heighten. I am noticing more familiar scents. Sometimes some of the most simple things will bring me back. Is it that I am just more sentimental? Growing old so I am reminiscing?

I don't know. What I do know is, I am smelling a lot of memories lately.


A human kind of human said...

You are hitting the nail squarely on the head witht his post. Not only does certain smells remind me of people but it also often transports me over great distances and many years to places and events from the past. Certain pieces of music has the same effect.

janis said...

Exactly! I meant to say that too but got rushed and forgot. I love that deva vu feeling. I love remembering something I had forgotten and a smell will take me back. The music? Oh yeah! I love music because it speaks through my soul. My playlist has everything from Aerosmith to Chris Bocci. I like Kate Nash and even Dolly Parton! Every song reminds me of something in my life.

Susan said...


I saw this blog and just had to add to it.

A school bus makes me think of my Grandpa. He was school bus driver when I was little girl.


Anonymous said...

Airplane exhaust! I love the outdoor smells of an airport. Reminds me of exotic places around the world~

A human kind of human said...

Hi Janis, I have not been able to open your blog for more than a week now. I just get a message that Internet Explorer cannot open this site. I got here via a comment left for you that showed up in my Inbox. If you can do something from your side, please do. I miss you - sob, sob.... wink.