Have you ever been in the middle of a thought and something pushes that thought aside momentarily, when the soft and subtle scent of something stirs you deep inside?
However brief or mildly annoying this can be it is sometimes a pleasant reminder of times or places gone by. Memories stir each time I walk in to a dentist office of childhood fears but nothing can prepare you if you unknowingly walk by a bakery and the scent of fresh baked goods lingers mysteriously by you.
It’s amazing to me that scents can recall memories of good or bad, sometimes with amazing clarity and sometimes with just a suggestion of a person or place.
I remember just a few months back I was leaving a store I was shopping in and there came to me a whisper of fresh spearmint. Instantly my Grandmother came to mind but it took me two days until I recalled the fields I played in as a child at my Grandmothers home where we would pick the spearmint and rub it between our fingers thinking then that it smelled like gum. My grandmother moved from that home almost 15 years ago, and it took me days to place the scent but when I did the memories flooded my mind of a time gone by.