“Often little things bring back memories that were once very fond” Sunshine tells me over our computers as I tell him about my day.
It’s true. With me it’s scents. One whiff of a scent can bring me back a good five years to a memory that makes me feel completely at ease. This quickly turns to nostalgia.
Like tonight, I was at my local supermarket stocking up for whatever storm we’re supposed to get tomorrow. There I was, waiting for my friend to finish shopping in the *eek* spam section, making sure, of course to stand a good five feet away and pretend I wasn’t with him.
So I’m there, pacing between aisles, pretending to be interested by a sale on cereal when someone walked behind me and I got hit in the face with a strong scent that brought back image after image of one of my ex-boyfriends.
The scent and the images were so strong I stopped pacing and looked around, just in case. Of course, he wasn’t there, I hadn’t expected him to be there. But the idea that he *was* there was so strong I just had to check.
These things happen to me occasionally. The scent of Peach essential oils bring me straight back to a summer day when I was eleven when I got my first official dog.
The scent of chocolate reminds me of my mother, the smell of pine trees bring me back to a winter day a few years ago when my mother and I took forever digging a hole into the frozen ground in our backyard to plant our eco-friendly Christmas tree and the scent of puppies (they all the smell the same) brings me a feeling of great happiness.
I’m so sensitive to scents, that I’ll sometimes make a complete idiot of myself over them. I’ve made the mistake several times of blurting out things about them.
Blurting “You smell nice” while hugging someone without thinking really isn’t something someone should get in the habit of, and trying to explain any of this to someone just makes me seem all the weirder.
I know another girl who can be brought to her knees just by hearing a certain noise, that’s her thing. One noise can bring her five years back to whatever she was doing last time she heard it.
So whats your thing?
What “Little thing” brings back memories for you?