Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Smell of Fun

Every now and then my husband will say, "That smell reminds me of Grandma's house up in the country." It's amazing that sometimes even mothballs elicit a nostalgia. But studies show that smell is strongly linked to memory, and thus to our emotional responses to life experiences.

Have you ever thought about the smell of FUN? Revisit your childhood for a moment. What smells, fragrant or foul, instantly take you back? Ah, those were the days:
  • a charcoal grill with a splash of lighter fluid
  • fresh-cut grass
  • the ashes from fireworks
  • a mixture of seaweed and saltwater
  • Big League Chew bubble gum
  • plastic inflatable inner tubes
  • the middle school locker room
  • cheap, movie theater popcorn
  • a new can of tennis balls
  • a homemade ice cream shop
Wouldn't it be great if we could just bottle up some of these and take a whiff when we get bogged down in the trenches of parenthood? Or better yet, why not head off to the park, the movie theater, or the beach? And oh, don't forget to stop for ice cream on the way!


DinnerWithLove said...

remember the smell of the tubes as we carried them over our heads at Water Country USA? soooooo fun!

"Mike" said...

I love the smell of clothes dried on a clothesline--there's not a cleaner smell in the world (except maybe lemons.) I also remember the smell of old boxwood bushes at my Uncle's house. An unforgetable smell that brings back memories of times long gone. "Mike"