About two years ago, I was shopping at Kohl's. I was in the women's shoe section and suddenly, out of nowhere, I could smell my Grandpa. Now, my Grandpa has been gone for over a decade, so it has been a long time since I smelled him. In fact, I didn't even know Grandpa had a smell! I'm sure what I was smelling was his cologne.
I looked around frantically and saw an older gentleman shopping with his wife. I purposefully walked by him so I could get a whiff. There was no mistaking it, that's where the smell was coming from. I really wished I would have asked the man what kind of cologne he was wearing but I was too emotional. I walked by him two more times on purpose just so I could smell him, but by then tears were streaming down my face. The smell really made me miss my Grandpa.
Smell is the sense most linked to memories. I think we all have had experiences where we smell something and suddenly, we are transported back to a time in our lives associated with that smell. It is so remarkable to me how this happens.
Here are some of the smells that transport me back in time...
Fog Machines- Whenever I smell a fog machine, I am instantly reminded of being backstage during The Will Rogers Follies. I played a Zigfield Girl in this show when I was 13. In the opening and closing number, a fog machine was used. But of course, the smell lingered backstage. I had so much fun in this musical and love to be reminded of it!
Peach Body Spray- Another musical memory! The year after The Will Rogers Follies, I was in the musical Peter Pan. All summer during rehearsals, I wore peach body spray from Bath and Body Works. Whenever I smell it, I'm instantly 14 again!
Fresh Cut Grass- This smell in general reminds me of playing outside when I was a kid. I bet we all think of our childhood when we smell someone mowing the grass! The best is when they are mowing the grass outside my room at school and the smell wafts in... Ah, happy childhood memories!
Pine Needles- This other outdoor smell reminds me specifically of going to day camp at Camp Hebron.
Balsam- To me, balsam is THE quintessential Christmas smell. Whenever I smell it, I think of Christmas in my childhood home. My mom always made Christmas special, and one of the ways she did that was that there were a lot of decorations to put up! One of the decorations probably smelled like balsam, but since they were all stored together, I think everything sort of picked up that smell!
Here are some random PLACES that have a distinct smell to me...
1. Hollister. I don't go inside, but I can smell it from a mile away!
2. Target. It smells like popcorn.
3. The Haunted House at Knoebel's. I'm not sure what it smells like, but I know that smell.