QOTD: Smells and Memory

When you’re gone, you probably hope that people will remember your noble deeds or staggering accomplishments. However, smell is the sense that is most strongly tied to memory. In my case, that means most people will probably remember an onion-y cheese smell when they think of me.

If I smell one of these things, I immediately think of the person:

  • Horseradish =  Grandpa
  • Ponds Cold Cream = Gammy (my Grandmother)
  • Fried bologna = my Dad. He owned a restaurant that actually served fried bologna sandwiches back in the 60s. I don’t smell this often since people have cut back on frying pure fat. I will admit to frying it once in a while for the sake of nostalgia.
  • Cream cheese and olive dip = my Dad again. He made some really odd things.
  • French onion soup = my Mom
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs = my younger brother. He’s still alive. He used to eat those things and blow his stinky breath all over me. I love both peanut butter and chocolate but the smell of them combined always takes me back to the irritations of childhood.

What smells bring back vivid memories of people, places or things for you?

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