What’s that smell?

Today’s title, “What’s that smell?” comes from Vince’s response when he opened the refrigerator door when we got back. I wasn’t going to use it, but Terri Webster Schrandt and I had a good laugh about it, so there it is.

aqua fish platter
The smell of sweet memories 
Always has a place in my heart
It takes me back to a happy place
Reminding of joys of long ago

I remember I was 4 or 5 and we were living in Mangla, a place where American engineers were collaborating with the Pakistani government to build a huge hydroelectric dam.

The Americans had built a small residential complex over there and had a cinema, a bowling alley and a small restaurant. Whenever we had time we would go to the cinema with our parents and on the way back would have French fries at the restaurant. Whenever I smell freshly frying fries, my mind wanders back to those days of innocent pleasures.

Mangla Dam

The olfactory stimulus is a very powerful evoker of nostalgia. Nothing is more powerful than scent to bring back the memories. Smelling your mom’s perfume or your dad’s aftershave reminds you instantly of them. We forget incidents, conversations, and actions but we remember smells!

Written for WQW # 17- Smell, hosted by Marsha



67 thoughts on “What’s that smell?

  1. We even forget that we remember the smell until suddenly we smell something again, or someone says something to remind us. I never realized how important the sense of smell is to memories.

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  2. The smell of vanilla… my mom always had a vanilla candle in the house and she had a favorite vanilla scented lotion she used. Just like all the other senses, smell carries memories with it too.

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  3. I;m such an olfactory driven person. For me smells hold such intense and precious memories. This is such a lovely post taking us down memory lane.

    Loved it. And what a lovely prompt.

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      1. Sorry it’s been a while. Was laid up with a nasty flu and then the younger bubba is home from boarding so making the best use of my time with her.

        Lots of love dear Sandee ♥️

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