I was reminded yesterday during my lunch about how much certain smells will invoke very specific memories or people or events for me. I was driving downtown in a city near where I work when I smelled burning oakwood (it was coming from a barbecue place not a wild fire) and I was instantly transported to my childhood and backyard barbecues at my paternal grandparents house. The funny thing was that in January my brother moved across the street and I went with him to look for a computer desk- and we went ALL over the place…and I mean EVERYWHERE. And we stopped to get gas on our scouting trip and we both smelled the same smell and he looked over at me and said “What’s that remind you of?” And I said “Grandpa’s house.” and he is “Me too!!!”
So here is a list of smells I am fond of for specific reasons:
1. Oak wood barbecues- as mentioned they remind me of my childhood and weekend barbecues at my paternal grandparents house.
2. Hoppe’s 9 Gun Oil- reminds me of my father. I actually LOVE the smell of this stuff. I came in recently and said “You went to the range today?” and he looked at me like he thought I was psychic but I let him off the hook: “I smell the hoppes. I love that smell.” My father thinks its weird that I love the smell of Hoppes…just for the record.
3. Canadian Mist and Pepsi- A drink that reminds me of my grandfather. He use to call them highballs but after googling it I guess that’s more because of the glass he drank it out of and less what was in the glass.
4. Original Old Spice- Another one that makes me think of my dad.
So tell me…what smells trigger memories in you?